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Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan has accused senior government figures of 'lurching to the right’.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has raised the possibility of the Human Rights Act being scrapped, while Home Secretary Theresa May is reportedly set to pull Britain out of the European Convention on Human Rights.
There is little support for a senior figure in the Conservative Party to take over from David Cameron, according to new research, despite renewed pressure on the Prime Minister.
Cameron has come under fire following the Conservative Party’s poor showing in the Eastleigh by-election.
But a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times found that only William Hague becoming leader would make respondents more likely to vote Conservative – and only by a small margin.
George Osborne, Theresa May and Michael Gove would make voters less likely to vote Conservative if they led the party, according to the research.
The Labour Party has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of “caving in” to the demands of right wing Conservative MPs following the Eastleigh by-election.
The attack comes as Justice Secretary Chris Grayling raised the possibility of the Human Rights Act being scrapped under a future majority Conservative government.
David Cameron, in rejecting calls for the Conservative Party to ‘lurch to the right’ in the aftermath of the Eastleigh by-election, has vowed to pursue policies that “might not earn you popularity points”.
The Prime Minister said he will not be tempted to 'lurch to the right' but will battle on to keep the Tories on the "common ground" of politics.
David Cameron said he will not "abandon" the government's plan for the country.
He added that the Conservatives are on the side of "hard-working, decent, patriotic people".
He said: “I understand how impatient they are for change... I get it because I am impatient for change, too.
"I know who these people are.
"They are people who feel that Britain, this great country we love, was going downhill for years under Labour and is not being fixed fast enough by the government I lead.”
Mr Cameron wrote an article in The Sunday Telegraph, in what was his first response to the Eastleigh by-election defeat.