UK MPs and political strategists conspire to get new Prime Minister in before election

Between plates of ravioli and sliced ​​beef liver, washed down with bottles of red wine from southern Italy, Rishi Sunak's political enemies planned their next moves against the Government. The Daily Mail revealed.

The venue was Giovanni's, a long-established family-owned Italian restaurant in London's Covent Garden run by the Sicilian aristocrat Count Pino Ragona and whose walls are adorned with photographs of famous customers such as Frank Sinatra and Liz Truss.

The conspirators, a determined clique of MPs and political strategists, were busy publishing a torrent of headlines damaging to the Prime Minister.

The intention was to leave No 10 reeling from a series of blows following last month's sacking of Suella Braverman as interior minister.

His brutal and personal farewell letter was followed last week by the resignation of Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick over Sunak's plans to use emergency legislation to rescue his plan to send Channel migrants to Rwanda, which he believes will not went far enough.

Downing Street will nervously open the last window of the Advent calendar on Tuesday, when MPs will have the first opportunity to vote on the legislation. Party leaders are spending this weekend frantically trying to quell a broader revolt.

The Prime Minister also faces opposition from One Nation's conservative moderates on the other flank.

And a Conservative source says Braverman and Jenrick "fought like rats in a bag at the Home Office, constantly fighting for the spotlight and blaming each other when something went wrong."

One of the Giovanni conspirators openly says he wants to "collapse" Mr Sunak's administration to install a new leader before the election, but admits to having no idea how it will happen or who should take power.

They said: 'Our polls are down to 20 per cent, which is killer territory. Even a five percent bounce for a new leader would save a decent number of seats. [Sunak] "I can't win with legislation."

In a bid to calm growing multifaceted pressure on Sunak's premiership, MPs will not vote until Tuesday on the principle of toughening the law.

One official said: 'If we water it down, the policy will not work as a deterrent; If we make it more difficult, politics will collapse. The plan that is on the table is the only way to get the flights off the ground, it is the only way to fulfill our commitment to stop the ships.'

In a bid to calm growing multifaceted pressure on Sunak's premiership, MPs will not vote until Tuesday on the principle of toughening the law.

They won't have a chance to debate and vote on potentially divisive amendments until the New Year. Braverman denies planning to unseat Sunak and says he expects him to lead the party until the next election.

But there is undoubtedly a sinister right-wing mass coalition against the Prime Minister, made up of the New Conservatives who surround Ms Braverman.

Last week's plot accelerated in the hours after Home Secretary James Cleverly introduced his Rwanda bill in the House of Commons, with around three dozen rebel MPs – including Ms Braverman – drinking wine in West Dorset MP Chris Loder's office. "The atmosphere was jubilant after Rob Jenrick left," said one rebel. "All that was talked about was: what will our next chess move be?"

It comes as speculation continues over the spring election. However, a senior Conservative MP claimed this was a deception operation to scare Labor into depleting its war chest, and then called an election in November.

If Sunak survives, most Conservative strategists expect him to wait until November, giving time for two tax-cutting Budgets, although there are jitters about the impact of the number of households coming out of cheap mortgage deals next year.

Both Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are watching and waiting.

If pressed to name a successor, the plotters reluctantly suggest Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch, who currently tops the House Conservative rankings that chart the popularity of cabinet ministers among party members.

But only Boris is seen as having the potential to stop the vicious cycle of opinion polls and, critically, reverse the rise of Farage's reformist party, which is now in double figures.

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