Tory MPs turn the heat up on Rishi Sunak over immigration with rival plan to slash numbers by the next election

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during a press conference in Downing Street in London, as the NHS and Government launch the first ever Long Term Workforce Plan in the history of the NHS. Picture date: Friday June 30, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story HEALTH NHS. Photo credit should read: Frank Augstein/PA Wire

REBEL Tory MPs will tomorrow launch an alternative manifesto to slash immigration by the next election – in a fresh blow to Rishi Sunak’s authority.

In a fiery intervention, the New Conservatives Group will say the PM must deliver the 2019 Tory manifesto pledge to cut net migration numbers.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

It stood at 226,000 when Boris Johnson made the vow – but has rocketed to an all time high of 606,000 since then.

Rishi has repeatedly refused to commit to the promise – which would mean cutting immigration by around 400,000 in a year.

The group of mainly Red Wall MPs – which includes Lee Anderson, Tom Hunt and Danny Kruger – have come up with a radical three point plan to slash numbers. It is:

:: Increase salary thresholds so foreign workers have to earn more to move here

:: Massively extend the crackdown on foreign students bringing their family to Britain with them

:: Restrict foreign workers from bringing relatives over to the UK with them

Their blueprint risks reigniting the Tory civil war and damaging the party in the run up to three nightmare by-elections.

The group is expected to savage our failing migration system – accusing Britain of being addicted to cheap foreign labour.

This undercuts wages and shatters faith in the system, they will add.

The Tories are in danger of “eroding public trust” unless they get a grip on the crisis, a source close to the group said.

But the incendiary intervention will spark fury in No10, which is trying to keep a lid on the warring Tory factions as the party lags behind in the polls.

Meanwhile, Tory ex Cabinet minister George Eustice has called for more immigration, claiming this will help cut inflation.