Suella Braverman  'may lose fight to be Tory candidate for new seat'

Suella Braverman 'may lose fight to be Tory candidate for new seat'

January 15, 2023

Will Suella Braverman be ousted in Battle of Waterlooville? The Home Secretary ‘may lose the fight to be the Tory candidate for a new seat created by boundary changes’

  • The Home Secretary may lose out on proposed Fareham and Waterlooville seat created by boundary changes set to come in before the next General Election 
  • Mrs Braverman faces Flick Drummond for the seat but insiders fear she will lose 
  • Insiders claim that Mrs Drummond could be offered a Lords seat to ‘save Suella’  

Suella Braverman could be facing a new battle for political survival amid claims that she is struggling to retain a seat in the Commons.

The Mail on Sunday has been told that the Home Secretary may lose a fight to be the Tory candidate for a seat created by boundary changes that are set to come in before the next General Election.

Mrs Braverman faces Flick Drummond for the proposed Fareham and Waterlooville seat. But local Tory insiders – who have dubbed it ‘the Battle of Waterloo(ville)’ – say the Cabinet Minister could lose.

One senior Hampshire Tory claimed the party’s high command were so worried that Rishi Sunak had intervened amid suggestions Mrs Drummond could be offered a Lords seat to ‘save Suella’.

Suella Braverman could be facing a new battle for political survival amid claims that she is struggling to retain a seat in the Common

On the Prime Minister’s first day in office he re-appointed Mrs Braverman to the Cabinet, just six days after she had resigned as Home Secretary over a ‘technical infringement’ of data rules.

Last night, No10 sources said claims that Mr Sunak came to her aid in the current row were ‘nonsense’. Allies of Mrs Braverman said suggestions she would struggle to win were ‘just mischief making’.

But Tom Davies, chairman of Fareham Conservative Association, said ‘it could be a close contest’ as the new seat comprised roughly 50 per cent from Mrs Drummond’s Meon Valley constituency and just over 50 per cent from Mrs Braverman’s Fareham seat.

Mrs Drummond was unavailable for comment.

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