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Plumbing Johnsonian depths, the Tories are now in a Major funk

By John Curtice

21 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

A Times writer reflects on ​​the darkest days of a former Conservative government to see what the future may hold for the embattled party following Liz Truss’s resignation.

Most Tory MPs hoped that the downfall of Boris Johnson would enhance their party’s standing in the polls — and thus their own career prospects. On average, the party was running seven points behind Labour.

While many a government had recovered from such a position by the time of the next election, Johnson seemed unable to escape the swirl of Downing Street parties allegations that had helped to put Labour ahead in the first place.

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