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James Heappey, who stood at the election last week, is asked by Sophie Ridge about the future of the Conservative Party.

Could they hope to make a comeback and once again send a Tory prime minister to a NATO summit?

Mr Heappey criticizes the social media fight between Kemi Badenoch and Suella Braverman – who are both expected to run to replace Rishi Sunak.

Asked who he wanted to see put on the show, Mr Heappey said Tom Tugendhat and Victoria Atkins – both at the center of the party.

He also mentions James Cleverly and Robert Jenrick as candidates he might support. Both of these men are fairly centrist Tories, although Mr Jenrick seems to have hit the ground running since working in the Home Office.

Mr Heappey says the party should look to occupy the political ground between the Lib Dems and Reform, because that is where the public is.

“If we go off and have an ideological wrestling match with Farage, that would be a huge mistake and would keep us out of power for 10, 15 years.”

You can read more about Ms Braverman and Ms Badenoch’s spat below:

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