Liz Truss latest news: Jamie Wallis becomes third Tory MP to urge PM to quit

Jamie Wallis  - David Woolfall
Jamie Wallis – David Woolfall

Jamie Wallis has become the third Conservative MP to break ranks and call for Liz Truss to quit Downing Street.

Mr Wallis, the MP for Bridgend and Porthcrawl since 2019, said Ms Truss had “undermined Britain’s economic credibility and fractured our party irreparably”.

Sharing a letter to the Prime Minister on Twitter, he wrote: “Enough is enough. I have written to [her] to ask her to stand down as she no longer holds the confidence of this country.”

It comes after Andrew Bridgen, the MP for North West Leicestershire, told the Telegraph: “We cannot carry on like this. Our country, its people and our party deserve better.”

And Crispin Blunt, the veteran MP for Reigate, urged the Prime Minister to resign “now” following her failed mini-Budget last month and weeks of fiscal turmoil.

​Follow the latest updates below.

07:13 PM

MPs want Tory members barred from leadership election

Tory party members could be barred from picking the next Prime Minister while the Conservatives are in office, under rebel-backed plans to change the rules, writes Camilla Turner.

MPs are demanding a change to the party’s constitution that would see grassroots members cut out of the selection process for a new leader.

They argue that members could still be allowed to have a say in a leadership contest while the party is in opposition, but if they are in power it should be for MPs to decide.

Backbenchers stepped up their efforts to oust Liz Truss today with some saying she has just “days” left in Downing Street before she is forced out.

The executive committee of the 1922 committee of backbenchers is understood to be “pressing” for a meeting with Ms Truss at the earliest opportunity so they can convey to her the gloomy mood among the parliamentary party.

07:01 PM

‘A wounded, bleeding seal surrounded by hungry killer whales’

Tory rebels are demanding that Liz Truss is ousted from office this week as they say she has lost authority over her own MPs, Camilla Turner writes.

One backbencher likened Ms Truss to a “wounded bleeding seal, surrounded by the hungry killer whales who smell the blood and want to go for her”.

They said: “I can’t see how she can stay. The whole platform on which she stood has been reversed. Once you have lost credibility to that degree it’s extremely difficult to get it back. There is definitely lots of planning and plotting going on. By all accounts a lot of Cabinet ministers have lost confidence in Truss.

“There are lots of very senior, experienced people in the Conservative party who see how weakened she is and see the only solution is for her to go, and the sooner the better. There is definitely lots of planning and plotting going on.”

06:47 PM

Here is Jamie Wallis’s letter in full

Jamie Wallis, the Tory MP for the Welsh constituency of Bridgend since 2019, attacked Liz Truss for “very basic and avoidable errors” as he said she no longer held the confidence of her party.

06:41 PM

Breaking: Jamie Wallis third Tory MP to demand Truss leaves

Jamie Wallis has become the third Tory MP to demand Liz Truss’s resignation.

More as we have it.

06:38 PM

Truss will be gone by Christmas, predicts George Osborne

Liz Truss will likely be gone by Christmas, George Osborne said tonight as rebel MPs increased the pressure on the Prime Minister.

The former chancellor, who was critical of Ms Truss’s initial tax-cutting agenda, said “there will be a way” to remove her from Downing Street.

New Tory prime ministers currently enjoy a year of immunity from confidence votes under the party rulebook.

But speaking to the Andrew Neil Show, Mr Osborne said: “Both Boris Johnson and Theresa May were removed outside of the rules of the 1922 Committee. So I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about those rules.

“I think the 1922 Committee, or indeed a large number of MPs, can just force the issue. So water will find its way downhill.”

06:14 PM

Bridgen is second over the top

Andrew Bridgen is the second Tory MP to call for Liz Truss to resign today.

The MP for North West Leicestershire, who supported Rishi Sunak’s leadership campaign, also savaged Ms Truss in a blog post earlier today, writing: “Liz has sunk her own leadership and her predecessor’s potential comeback at the same time, all in record time.

“Beleaguered Liz Truss has now run out of friends. She only ever had the support of a third of the elected MPs. We should expect more fireworks in Parliament this week. Unless this is resolved quickly, we are heading for a general election.”

It comes after Crispin Blunt, the veteran MP for Reigate, urged the Prime Minister to resign “now” following her failed mini-Budget last month and weeks of fiscal turmoil.

06:05 PM

Exclusive: Andrew Bridgen also breaks ranks

Andrew Bridgen has become the second Conservative MP to break ranks and call for Liz Truss to quit Downing Street.

Mr Bridgen told the Telegraph: “We cannot carry on like this. Our country, its people and our party deserve better.”

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