Considering the polling of Conservative Party Members by YouGov consists of just 800 people, the petition signed by over 4,000 members of the Conservative Party demanding that Boris Johnson compete against Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak for Prime Minister is significant.
Boris johnson was extremely popular with the Members, and large proportion of them appear to be upset by what has taken place over the last few weeks. I doubt that Johnson’s name will be added to the coming ballot, but I do believe that the Members will not like the way Sunak appeared to back stab the Prime Minister.
To be honest, I can’t see Rishi Sunak convincing Conservative Party Members that he’s the right man for the job. His goal will probably be to discredit Liz Truss, and I think that campaign has already started in earnest, judging by what’s appearing on social media.
Expect things to get very dirty in the coming weeks. I’m particularly looking forward to any televised live debates, where anything could happen, the last ITV debate being a great example. Truss and Sunak have already agreed to a live debate on Sky News on Thursday 4th August at 8pm, but there may be more to come, that will be up to the candidates.