Angela Rayner targeted by northern Tories plotting to unseat her at next election

The influential Northern Research Group of Conservative MPs (NRG) is thought to be starting the groundwork on how to unseat the prominent MP. It comes as Boris Johnson eyes up holding an early election in 2023.

NRG Tory MPs, who were largely elected to the Commons for the first time in 2019 in so-called Red Wall seats, are starting their own side campaign to bolster Conservative representation in the region.

They want to prove the success of the last vote can be replicated and built on and was not a one-off caused by Jeremy Corbyn or Brexit.

As well as Ms Rayner, PoliticsHome reports Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper and former leader Ed Miliband are being targeted by the powerful group.

The group, led by Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry, believes all three could be booted out by constituents if the NRG starts campaigning early.

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They added: “At a time when people are being hit in the pocket by Tory tax-hikes and a cost of living crisis, it’s telling that the so-called NRG are talking about an election that hasn’t even been scheduled.”

In 2019 Ms Rayner won her Aston-under-Lyne seat with a majority of just 4,263.

The majority was less than half of the vote in 2017.

After finishing in second place last time around, the Tories believe the seat is for the taking.

Ms Cooper also had a narrow majority, with just 1,276 more votes than the Conservative candidate.

Mr Miliband’s majority at the ballot box last time out was 2,370.

Despite the hopes of the NRG, a new poll by Survation today gave Labour its largest vote share nationally since Mr Johnson became Prime Minister.

Of the 1,060 adult surgery online between November 30 and December 1, 39 percent said they would vote for Sir Keir Starmer’s party.

The Tories trailed by three points on 36 percent.

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