Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, Jonathan Gullis, walks past Downing Street in London on February 8, 2022. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Tory MPs have told reporters that the Conservatives are “in danger” ahead of the next general election – but it seems Twitter has little pity for them.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Tory backbencher Jonathan Gullis suggested his party’s future, particularly among the Red Wall seats they won in the 2019 election, was far from certain.
Gullis was elected three years ago as the first Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent North and briefly served as the schools minister under Liz Truss.
Despite his relatively short tenure in the Commons, he has caused significant division himself through his comments on immigration, his support for Boris Johnson throughout partygate and, most recently, his bizarre attack on the Church of England.
According to the FT, Gullis was not the only Conservative MP worrying about the Tories’ future, with some of his Red Wall colleagues fearing “we won’t hold any of the seats we won at the last election”.
But, the MP’s remarks about his party also come after the Tories elected three different prime ministers in three months, caused major economic disruption with the mini-budget, and oversaw the start of the cost of living crisis.
So it’s not a surprise that the Conservatives have been falling behind their opponents in the polls for months now – a December survey from Ipsos Mori gave Labour a 26-point lead if all voters were to head to the ballot box right away.
So, after the political chaos of the last year, Twitter was hardly sympathetic to Gullis’s fears....
The responses ranged from sarcasm...
Baffling. What could have caused this? https://t.co/l6hbk3fP1U
— THE SECRET TORY 🇬🇧 (@secrettory12) December 28, 2022
— Steven Barclay.………Parody (@SecretaryBrexit) December 27, 2022
— Scotland4Indy🏴🇮🇪🏴🇺🇦 (@ScotIndy4) December 27, 2022
...to pointing the finger of blame...
"We're in danger" is a funny way of saying "We absolutely brought this upon ourselves" https://t.co/RPSYlcZ3d8
— Best for Britain (@BestForBritain) December 28, 2022
“Oh look. It’s the consequences of my own actions” https://t.co/HOZfWjhjyR
— Kris Mitchell (He/Him) (@KrisBMitchell) December 28, 2022
...to classic Simpson memes...
...along with outright delight at the thought of Tory downfall...
And, of course, schadenfreude ...
Of course you're losing those seats, you absolute fannies. The 2019 election was fought on Brexit and you silly fucks Got Brexit Done. Now you can't dangle Brexit as an incentive to Leave seats like a cursed carrot the seats are gonna go back to Labour. Roll in your own shit. https://t.co/xmtOcX9Tu2
— Sooz Kempner🐀 (@SoozUK) December 28, 2022