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Tuesday 17th
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

VOTES by public-sector workers could be decisive in toppling the Tories at the next general election, new union research revealed yesterday.

General union GMB found that public-sector workers now outnumber the electoral majorities of 85 Conservative MPs.

Among them are Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

The analysis was released ahead of a mass rally in Parliament Square today as unions call on Chancellor Philip Hammond to drop the public-sector pay cap and provide new funding to end seven years of real-terms pay cuts.

Other vulnerable Tory MPs are Theresa Villiers, Zac Goldsmith and Nicky Morgan.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell has also blamed Conservative losses on the party’s failure to win the support of public-sector workers.

GMB national secretary Rehana Azam said: “Theresa May’s stubborn refusal to end the public-sector pay pinch cost the Conservatives their majority.

“And if the squeeze continues, they face being turfed out of government during the next general election.

“Warm words from ministers about easing the cap won’t cut the mustard — especially when they refuse to stump up any new money whatsoever for our vital front-line public-sector workers.

“Our NHS staff, teaching assistants, council workers and police staff have suffered enough — it’s time they got the proper pay rise they deserve.”

The figures are based on the latest official estimates for public sector employment.