Suella Braverman, a former home secretary, has spoken out about the need for the Conservative Party to make significant changes in order to reconnect with voters and avoid the risk of extinction. She emphasized the importance of rediscovering the party’s “soul” and moving back to the Right to counter the threat posed by Keir Starmer and Reform UK.

Braverman expressed concerns about the Tories losing votes to Nigel Farage’s party due to their shift towards the center. She warned that failure to change course could result in Starmer having a clear path to “destroying our country for good.” Despite a slight narrowing of the gap in recent opinion polls, Labour still leads the Tories by 19 points, putting them on track for a comfortable victory in the upcoming election.

The former home secretary also hinted at a potential leadership bid in the event of a Conservative defeat. She stressed the need for a candid assessment of the party’s shortcomings, including its failure to address issues such as immigration, tax, net zero policies, and woke culture. Braverman acknowledged the rise of Reform UK as a consequence of the Tories’ own failings in addressing the concerns of traditional Conservative voters.

In light of predictions of a significant defeat for the Tories, a leadership vacuum is expected to emerge, with several prominent figures vying for the position. Potential contenders from the Right include Robert Jenrick and Priti Patel, while centrist candidates like Grant Shapps and Tom Tugendhat may also throw their hats into the ring. Kemi Badenoch has been suggested as a potential unity candidate to lead the party in opposition.

Braverman’s comments came amidst controversy surrounding defections from Reform UK to the Conservatives, with accusations of “dirty tricks” being leveled. Allegations of offers being made to Reform candidates to stand aside in favor of Conservative rivals have raised questions about the integrity of the electoral process. The involvement of political activists and claims of job offers in exchange for political support have further muddied the waters in the run-up to the election.

As the Conservative Party faces a critical juncture in its history, the decisions taken in the aftermath of the election defeat will shape its future direction. The need for introspection, unity, and a renewed sense of purpose are paramount if the party is to regain the trust of disillusioned voters and fend off the challenges posed by rival political forces. Only time will tell whether the Tories can rise to the occasion and navigate the turbulent waters ahead.