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In the wake of recent internal conflicts within the Conservative Party, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing calls to foster unity among party members as they prepare for the upcoming general election. A recent poll conducted by The Sun suggests that key issues such as tax cuts and immigration reduction could significantly influence voters in the next election, dispelling earlier rumors of a 2025 vote.

Sunak’s leadership faced turbulence amid disagreements over the Rwanda plan, leading to the dismissal of Home Secretary Suella Braverman. Immigration has emerged as a focal point, with voters expressing concerns about the need to reduce it to the tens of thousands.

The poll indicated that 51% of respondents perceived increased division within the Conservative Party since the last election, while 29% believed it seemed more united. MP Jackie Doyle-Price emphasized that voters are growing weary of party drama and warned of potential electoral consequences if the Tories fail to collaborate effectively. Other MPs stressed the importance of focusing on crucial battleground issues, such as tax cuts.

The survey revealed that 48% of participants favored income tax cuts as part of the next manifesto, with 36% supporting National Insurance reductions and 31% advocating for lower council tax. On key issues, the poll placed Labour ahead of the Conservatives, posing a challenge for Sunak. However, it also indicated a lack of enthusiasm for Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, with 53% expressing a preference for an alternative candidate.

Jackie Doyle-Price commented, “There is no love for Labour out there, but our supporters are sick of drama. They expect Conservatives to get on with governing. The more we fall out, the more we damage ourselves. It’s time to get serious and come together to make our great nation the best it can be.”

Fellow Tory MP Paul Scully echoed the sentiment, stating, “This poll shows that voters do not like divided parties, and we must stop fighting each other and unite. We need to come together in 2024 and set out one compelling vision for the country.”

Philip van Scheltinga, director of research at Redfield & Wilton Strategies, the firm that conducted the study, noted, “Our polling has consistently found that the Conservatives have lost their historical reputation for lower taxes during this parliament. On tax, the Conservatives have hit delete on a core mission of their party. They might win some voters back if they do cut taxes in the spring, but it might be too little, too late.”

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