Truss bids to save premiership amid growing unrest in Tory party

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Is Truss will try to save her premiership this week, as her fate depends on the mood of the market and her own backbench MPs.

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All eyes will be on the market’s reaction on Monday morning after the prime minister appointed Jeremy Hunt as chancellor and effectively ended his economic agenda to restore the credibility of his ailing administration.

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Yet those efforts may come to naught this week if Tory MPs decide a change of leader is needed, with three members of Ms Truss’s parliamentary party already breaking ranks to call on her to leave. .

Crispin Blunt, Andrew Bridgen and Jamie Wallis all called on the prime minister to step down on Sunday, while other seniors in the parliamentary party expressed deep displeasure with Ms Truss’s leadership but stopped calling her to leave .

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Mr Blunt was the first MP who told Channel 4’s Andrew Neal Show on Sunday: “I think the game is over and now the question is how the succession is managed.”

It came at the end of another extraordinary weekend in British politics, even as US President Joe Biden intervened to call Ms Truss’s economic vision a “mistake”.

With a backdrop of rumors and plans to install a defeated Rishi Sunak or Ben Wallace as the new leader, Truss met with her new chancellor in Checkers to prepare a new budget for 31 October.

Mr Hunt, who unleashed a media attack on the prime minister’s behalf over the weekend, insisted he is still in charge, even though he criticized the need for a tough package of tax hikes and spending cuts to stabilize Britain. have been diagnosed. Economy.

Penny Mordant also offered her full support to the prime minister, using an excerpt in the Telegraph to warn that the UK “needs stability, not a soap opera”.

He told colleagues that the “national mission” is clear, but added that “practicality and teamwork are needed”.

“We need to work with the prime minister and his new chancellor. We all need it.”

Earlier on the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme, Mr Hunt said Truss remained “in charge” and insisted that voters could still place their faith in her.

“She has listened. She has changed. She is ready to do the hardest thing in politics, which is to change behaviour,” he said.

“What we’re going to do is show us not only what we want but how we’ll get there.”

Mr Hunt’s appearance was welcomed by many lawmakers, but several senior figures acknowledged it was an open question whether the prime minister could still survive the current crisis.

Tory MP Robert Halfon, chairman of the Commons Education Committee, appeared on Sky News and denied that MPs were considering installing a new leader.

“We’re all talking to see what can be done about it.”

“Over the past few weeks, the government has looked like moderate jihadists and treated the whole country like laboratory rats,” he said.

Senior Conservative Alicia Kearns also told Times Radio that the question of whether Ms Truss should remain in charge is “incredibly difficult”.

And writing in the Telegraph, former minister Liam Fox called the current situation “the deepest political hole in a generation.”

Stuart Rose, a Tory colleague and president of Asda, told the Financial Times that the prime minister was a “bust flush”.

Labor added to that pressure, with Sir Keir Starmer calling for the prime minister to appear before the Commons on Monday.

The Labor leader quipped that Ms Truss is now “in office but not in power”.

It comes as a new survey, first published in the Guardian, predicted a landslide for Labor and annihilation for the Tories.

By the Opinium for the Trades Union Congress and using the MRP method to estimate constituency-level results, Labor held 411 seats, compared to the Tories at 137.

In a sign of how divided the party is, former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries took a jibe at her party colleagues.

“I can’t imagine there’s a G7 country that thinks we deserve a spot on the table.

“Removal of one electorally successful prime minister, shameful conspiracy to oust another who didn’t make its way the first time, destabilizes our economy and our reputation,” he tweeted.

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