RISHI Sunak’s new-look cabinet will meet for the first time this morning as the right-wing Tory party threatens an explosive riot.
The allies of ousted Suella Braverman are preparing for a civil war that could lead to dozens of letters of no confidence being submitted and MPs revealing “damning evidence” about the prime minister.
In Westminster, Foreign Secretary David Cameron will attend his first Cabinet meeting since leaving Number 10 in 2016.
He will be joined by Esther McVey, who was appointed Britain’s first “common sense” minister, and Vicky Atkins, who shot up the ministerial ladder to take over as health secretary.
Mr Sunak will turn to his new top team and hope their more moderate outlook will be enough to spark a revival in the polls.
The Tories are currently around 20 points behind Labor.
A short-term YouGov poll yesterday found that 57% of the public thought it was right for the Prime Minister to fire Ms Braverman.
But only 24% believe bringing in Lord Cameron was a good idea.
No 10 is prepared for Ms Braverman’s retaliation and its allies are threatening to reveal “damning” evidence about Mr Sunak’s “hesitation and delay” on small boats.
Last night the senior Tories lined up on the right to defend their former Cabinet bastion.
Former ministers Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg and Sir Simon Clarke criticized her removal.
And already an MP has sent a letter of no confidence to the chairman of the 1922 backbench committee, Sir Graham Brady.
Dame Andrea Jenkyns, a staunch Boris Johnson ally, said: “It’s time for Rishi Sunak to replace him with a ‘real’ Conservative leader.”
This morning new Tory leader Richard Holden insisted his party is a “broad church”.
He told LBC: “It is right that we have a broad church with real experience that wants to serve the country.”
“Cameron was prime minister for six years and chairman for 11 years – that’s a really positive sign.”
“They want that mix of new ideas and experiences.”
Mr Holden added: “David is someone with a lot of experience who has a lot to give.”
“You see a broad party representing all parts of the country in the next election.”