A READER has got in touch with his expectations of the future of local Conservative MPs.

THE 2019 general election was a dream come true for some North East Tories with bundles of Willy Wonka golden tickets flying about.

Three things helped the Tories win those golden tickets: First, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn was a voting liability. Second, the Tories promised to deliver Brexit. And finally Boris’ huge charisma won over the masses.

These were perfect ingredients for a runaway Tory victory.

Fast forward to 2022 and things are a bit different as a recent poll suggests a North East Tory wipe-out, “Election prediction: Boris and Tory MPs lose seats as Red Wall is rebuilt” (Echo, Feb 21).

So where did it all go wrong?

Well, Corbyn has gone. Brexit was a con with immigration now at record highs; and Boris’ charisma has been shot to pieces with the well documented Partygate scandal.

Plus there’s the cost of living crisis and welfare has again been butchered courtesy of North East Tories voting with Boris like a flock of sheep.

The poll suggests Hartlepool’s Jill Mortimer has a five per cent chance of clinging onto her seat.

For Richard Holden (North West Durham) it’s 10 per cent. Peter Gibson (Darlington) is on 17 per cent and Jacob Young (Redcar)18 per cent.

You don’t have to be a mathematical genius to work out with percentages as low as these the future looks awfully grim for this bunch of Tory losers who have as much political punch as a feather duster.

Stephen Dixon, Redcar.

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