We Will Lose The Next Election And We Deserve To; Theresa May’s Former Policy Chief Warns
George Freeman said the Tories are turning the process of leaving the EU into “essentially an alley street-cat fight between rival gangs”.

The conservatives will “deserve to lose” the next election if they carry on feuding over public spending and Brexit, Theresa May’s former policy chief has said on Tuesday.

George Freeman warned the Prime Minister that the Tories are heading for defeat at the next election unless she gets a grip on the “chaos” of the tax and spending row gripping the Cabinet.

Freeman said the Conservatives risked losing their reputation for financial competence and ushering in a Labour government.

“I’m very worried, that’s why I left the Government last autumn. I think if we lose our reputation for economic competence if we can’t show that we’re managing the public finances properly, if we treat Brexit like an anti-business moment…” Freeman told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme, “and if we don’t show that we have a distinctive Conservative approach to support enterprise, hard work, risk, savings and we go down the road of big taxes and spending spree… I fear we will lose and we’ll deserve to.”

The comment comes after the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Home Secretary Sajid Javid have reportedly been pushing for extra cash. Williamson reportedly warned that he could “break” the PM if his demands for extra cash were not met.

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Freeman, who quit as head of May’s policy board last year, said If “we look like Corbyn-lite the public will conclude they are better off voting for the real thing.”

“Unfortunately, cabinet responsibility was withdrawn by David Cameron for the Brexit referendum – it’s never been restored,” he added, “This is chaos. If we have ministers winning their bids for money on the basis of who has got the biggest headlines we will lose our reputation for financial competence.”

Some figures on the Tory Right such as Jacob Rees-Mogg and John Redwood also warned that May is in danger of undermining the party’s manifesto commitment to low taxes.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss hit back at Cabinet colleagues to rein in demands for “unsustainable, unaffordable and un-Conservative public spending increases”.

In the wake of the NHS being handed an extra £20bn-a-year, Truss warned ministers it was “not macho” to insist on more money for departmental budgets.

“I will make it clear to my cabinet colleagues that it’s not macho to demand more money. It’s much tougher – and fairer to people – to demand better value for money,” she told The Daily Telegraph.

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