London politics latest LIVE: First MP calls for Truss to go despite Chancellor’s defence of under-fire PM


Bill McLoughlin and Sami Quadri

Sun, 16 October 2022 at 6:01 pm

Jeremy Hunt has insisted Liz Truss remains “firmly in charge” despite growing unrest within the party.

Following reports that MPs are now planning to unseat the Prime Minister, and with parts of the mini-Budget now ditched, Crispin Blunt, the Conservative MP for Reigate, has become the first to publicly say Ms Truss should step aside.

Speaking to Channel 4’s Andrew Neil Show, he said that he does not think the Prime Minister can survive the current crisis, adding: “I think the game is up and it’s now a question as to how the succession is managed.”

Earlier today, the Chancellor was pressed further on Ms Truss’s future, saying that what “my constituents want is stability and the worst thing for that is another leadership campaign”.

“She’s listened. She’s changed. She’s been willing to do that most difficult thing in politics, which is to change tack,” he told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg.

Even Tory MP Robert Halfon declined to deny that MPs are considering installing a new leader when asked and said the Government “looked like libertarian jihadists” while Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest, told BBC Midlands “Liz Truss is in office but not in power”.

Second Tory MP calls for PM to quit

18:25 , Daniel Keane

A second Tory MP has called for Liz Truss to quit.

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

Let’s see what happens about Liz Truss’ future, says Tory MP

17:58 , Daniel Keane

Tory MP Andrew Mitchell has said we must “see what happens” when asked about Liz Truss’s future as Prime Minister.

Mr Mitchell, a former cabinet minister, told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend: “The Conservative parliamentary party has always shown itself clear and indeed ruthless in making changes if required, and if the Prime Minister proves unable to govern effectively she will have to stand down and the parliamentary party will make that clear.

“And indeed the mechanism is not important – it’s that reality that would assert itself. But we should all be trying to help her to succeed, and to get it right.”

Asked whether she would be leading the Tories at the next election, he said: “I think that we’ve got to see what happens in the next few days. But as I say if she cannot do the job, if that’s the determination of the parliamentary party, then I’m afraid she will go.”

Dorries warns Tories against ousting Truss

17:14 , Daniel Keane

Nadine Dorries has warned Tories against ousting Liz Truss, saying that the loss of another Prime Minister would be catastrophic.

She suggested a “small gang” that were “out of touch with political reality” were attempting to install their own leader.

She wrote in the Daily Express: “Rather than celebrate Boris’s astonishing success at the last election, they refused to see why so many people – many of whom had never voted Conservative before – swung behind his vision for the country.

“One of Liz Truss’s biggest challenges is that she is not Boris, and she is constantly compared to her predecessor. Serial backstabbers should recognise that if they force her out of No 10 they will not just lose the support of Red Wall voters who are already angry at the removal of Boris – they will repel longstanding Conservative voters who will punish the party by staying at home at the next election.”

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