Conservative MPs plan to avoid their party conference ‘like the plague’ amid fears of a Brexit ‘bloodbath’
Conservative MPs are avoiding the party’s autumn conference amid fears of a “bloodbath” atmosphere and bitter rows over Brexit policy.
One pro-EU Tory MP said they were turning down invitations to speak on panels because they didn’t want to be the “sacrificial lamb” for angry pro-Brexit members of the party.
Another Conservative MP tells Business Insider: “We’re expecting a fraught conference… the constant battle is wearing everybody down”
Leading Conservative Remain-supporting MP Dominic Grieve is missing his first conference for 25 years.
LONDON — Conservative MPs are turning down invitations to speak at their upcoming party conference with some planning to skip the four day-event altogether, amid fears it will be a toxic “bloodbath” due to ongoing party disagreements over Brexit.
Multiple Conservative MPs have told Business Insider they are taking part in as few panel events as possible at the party’s autumn get-together in Birmingham, in order to avoid what is expected to be a fractious atmosphere.
One leading Europhile Conservative MP told BI they had rejected a series of invitations to appear on panels to avoid being “the Brexiteers’ sacrificial lamb,” saying the conference “is going to be a bit of a bloodbath.”
They told BI that they expected the atmosphere to be “even worse” than the “horrible” conference in Manchester last year.
“At one Brexit event last year, when it came to questions from the floor, comments ranged from a prediction that MPs will be hanged from lampposts if they don’t deliver Brexit, to a rant about what Muslims wear to the beach… And that was before any Brexit rebellion,” they said.
Another Conservative MP told BI: “My firm intention is to avoid [conference] like the plague
My firm intention is to avoid [conference] like the plague.
. I’ve never actually been since being elected. Nothing good ever comes of them.”
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Source:: Business Insider