Swift move to stop ‘en­try­ists’ get­ting vote

The Daily Telegraph - - Britain Out - By Christo­pher Hope CHIEF PO­LIT­I­CAL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

THE Con­ser­va­tive Party will move this week to stop “en­try­ist” ac­tivists from sign­ing up as mem­bers for £25 each in a bid to stop Boris John­son be­com­ing Con­ser­va­tive party leader.

The party board is due to rub­ber­stamp the rules for the lead­er­ship cam­paign to­mor­row and for­mally start the lead­er­ship con­test.

The de­ci­sion will mean that any new mem­bers will not have a vote in the lead­er­ship elec­tion. One back­bench 1922 com­mit­tee mem­ber said anti-Boris cam­paign­ers had spent the week­end per­suad­ing peo­ple who would vote against Mr John­son’s lead­er­ship to join the party for £25 each.

The Tory party is des­per­ate not to make the same mis­take as Labour, which al­lowed peo­ple to join for £3 each and elect the hard-Left Jeremy Cor­byn as leader last year.

The source said there were fears of “en­try­ism into the party” with the sole pur­pose of stop­ping Mr John­son be­com­ing leader.

The source said “anti-Boris peo­ple” were al­ready try­ing to sign up mem­bers: “It started in Lon­don and it is rolling out. It is hap­pen­ing. Right now there is a grow­ing threat of en­try­ism to the party.”

It has emerged that David Cameron is un­der pres­sure from MPs to stay on longer as Prime Min­is­ter, to al­low more time to de­cide who will suc­ceed him as party leader.

Philip Lee, a Tory MP, has writ­ten to the 1922 com­mit­tee, which will sub­mit the elec­tion rules to the party’s board, ask­ing that the board pres­sure Mr Cameron to de­lay his res­ig­na­tion.

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