He added the Tories were rebuilding trust with the public in terms of the economy and immigration and that numbers "will move in the right direction" when they have "delivered" on their pledges.
\u201c.@NadhimZahawi: "I'd be worried if I was Keir Starmer"\n\n@SophyRidgeSky: 'You\u2019d be worried if you were Keir Starmer? Look at that red line.' \ud83d\udcc8\n\nThe Tory chairman is optimistic about the party\u2019s election chances despite Labour\u2019s lead in the polls.\n\n#Ridge https://t.co/ZoMhCmTrtv\u201d
— Sophy Ridge on Sunday & The Take (@Sophy Ridge on Sunday & The Take)
Elsewhere in the interview, Zahawi said the army might be deployed to ease possible strike disruption over Christmas, to drive ambulances and work in airports.
Zahawi said "this is not a time to strike".
"If you chase inflation or above inflation, in some cases pay, then you will embed inflation for longer and hurt the most vulnerable," he said.
"In fact, our message to the unions is to say, you know, this is not a time to strike. This is time to try and negotiate.
"In the absence of that, it's important for the government. It's the right and responsible thing to do, to have contingency plans in place."
He continued: "We're looking at the military, we're looking at a specialist response force... surge capacity."
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