Truss: Boris Johnson ‘loving it’ says Jon Craig
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Rebellion against Liz Truss had increased significantly over the 44 days of her leadership with the mini budget alienating voters and causing infighting within her own party. The U-turn Prime Minister was then humiliated as her newly appointed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt stood in the House of Commons to scrap all of her work with Kwasi Kwarteng on economic policy.
Truss was then abandoned by the Home Secretary Suella Braverman who made thinly veiled attacks towards the Prime Minister in her resignation letter.
Braverman stated that by resigning she was admitting her mistakes and also said that she was concerned about the “direction the Government is taking”.
It was then when more Tory MPs decided to submit a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister and Beth Rigby noted that from Wednesday night “it is clear that she is going to have to go, the question is speed.”
Speaking on Sky News on Thursday she said: “As these things sometimes go, the speed was fast.”
Rigby quoted Boris Johnson when he resigned when he said: “When the herd moves, it moves”.
“It stampeded Liz Truss this morning”, the political editor said.
Overnight on Wednesday, Truss asked Sir Graham Brady for a meeting and according to Ms Rigby, “she had asked him to take the temperature of the party”.
With more senior Conservative ministers then turning up, it was clear that the resignation, which was announced at 13:30, was imminent.
Rigby said: “I was told by a source a few minutes before that she was going to resign as my source said to me: ‘It’s over. It’s over for her’.”
During her resignation speech, Truss made it clear that the leadership contest to find her replacement would be in one week to limit the disruption of her leaving.
It was then announced that the prospective candidates would have to have the backing of at least 100 Tory MPs in a move to limit the number of candidates.
Ms Rigby told Sky News that the new Prime Minister who will be inheriting a poisoned chalice, will have to make big political and policy changes.
She said: “In terms of policy what has been clear is Liz truss’s attempt to change the mandate has badly backfired and I think the first thing is in terms of policy is to go back to the manifesto to unite the party.”
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The political editor also noted that the new Prime Minister will need to work hard to “give the impression of financial stability” and to communicate more openly with the public, which both Truss and Kwarteng were criticised for not doing.
In terms of politics, according to Rigby, the new leader of the Conservative party must “avoid being factional” after Truss took on the Boris Johnson method of “leaving everyone who doesn’t agree with you out of government”.
She added: “It backfired on her, it backfired terminally. The new person will want to perhaps put together a unity candidate, build on that, build on having a manifesto that gives them a mandate and try to unite the party.
“There are so many grievances now, there are so many long-running wounds, whoever gets the job it is going to be really hard to see how they can unify the party.”
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