SENIOR Tories fear they are being infiltrated by thousands of Brexit activists fasten to collect a new PM after a party’s membership swelled by a fifth.
The Sun can exhibit that a uninformed swell of 30,000 have assimilated a Conservatives within a final 12 months.
The liquid increased a altogether numbers to some-more than 150,000 – during slightest a 7 year high.
While CCHQ insiders insist some of a arise is from a new recruitment drive, other celebration chiefs contend a awaiting of carrying a contend on Theresa May’s inheritor is now being heavily exploited.
They also think a ‘entryism’ hazard will turn given of final week’s new 6 month check to Brexit.
Under celebration manners designed to retard care contests from being influenced, new joiners can usually opinion in them if they have been members for 3 months.
But that failsafe will now lapse, as a membership list is set to be a lot after than Jun 27 – 3 months on from when Theresa May was forced to announce to MPs that she would mount down – as a PM also insisted she will usually go after Brexit takes place.
One comparison Tory central told The Sun: “We’re not going to be means to stop people fasten adult only to opinion for a new personality now.
“If Theresa quiescent when she dictated to, during a finish of May, we could have balloted a membership within 5 or 6 weeks.
“There’s really small possibility of that now Brexit has been pushed back, so a risk is it will turn a giveaway for all.”
New joiners are suspicion to be both new arrivals from UKIP – dubbed ‘Blukippers’ – as good as a new call of Remainers signing adult to try to stop a new tough Brexit leader.
Dozens of Tory MPs have reported defections to their internal associations from a anti-EU party.
Five Remainer Tory MPs are now confronting no certainty votes during a hands of ex-UKIP members, and former Tory apportion Nick Boles quiescent as a member of his internal Grantham organisation before he was ousted.
We’re not going to be means to stop people fasten adult only to opinion for a new personality now. The risk is it will turn a giveaway for all.
Senior Tory member
At a same time, Remainer Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach final month released a call for all second referendum campaigners to join a Tories to have a contend over a new
PM, dubbing a signing on price as “the best £25.00 we have ever spent”.
Allies of Tory authority Brandon Lewis also credit him with pier on additional members by opening 100 branches of a Young Conservatives.
His reforms have also seen membership now tranquil centrally, definition thousands some-more are being chased adult for their annual renewals rather than withdrawal a charge to internal associations.
The Conservative Party doesn’t tell central membership figures.
But leaks suggested it fell by some-more than half between 2002 and 2017, from 273,000 down to 118,000.
A Tory celebration source said: “The Conservative Party has been on a solid membership recruitment and influence expostulate given open 2018.
“We do not yield a using explanation on a membership numbers.”
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