Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party would not win an upcoming general election, a former adviser has suggested.
Speaking to Sky News, Jason Stein, who was an adviser to Theresa May and more recently Amber Rudd before she resigned, said that the party had been undertaking behind the scenes modelling and polling which revealed that they would not win enough seats to gain a majority in an election.
He said: “We are looking at picking up roughly 295 to 300 seats”, meaning that the Conservative Party would fall short of the 325 seats needed to form a majority in Parliament.
Stein added that the party stands to lose seats in London, the South West and in Scotland and said that they need to replace them.
“Number 10 themselves will privately tell you, this will be a tough election, they’re not expecting this to be the land of milk and honey.”
Last week, Boris Johnson failed to trigger a new general election before proroguing Parliament this evening. He also gave up his majority by firing Tory MPs who voted against him. It now seems that his premiership is slipping away more rapidly than he may have guessed.