Conservative criticism of the prime minister moved this morning from private whispered conversations among MPs in Westminster to public statements on the airwaves and on social media.
This change in approach by many leading conservatives followed one of the most dramatic afternoons in post-war British politics. Part of this included the dismissal of the Home Secretary, the resignation and re-resignation of the Chief of Staff, the suspension of the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant, and violent scenes among Conservative MPs in the House lobby.
The willingness to voice concerns from the main Conservative parties suggests that the Conservative Parliamentary Party may be intensifying its opposition to Liz Truss.
Executives of the 1922 Commission are reported to be meeting today. A large number of Conservative Cabinet members (estimated at 33% to 50% of the total) have sent a letter of ‘no confidence’ to Liz Truss. , the 1992 executives would be prepared to change the party rules to allow a no-confidence vote within the first 12 months of the new leader’s term.
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If such a vote were to take place, Liz Truss seems highly unlikely to win, and perhaps she could resign before such a vote takes place.
Attached are excerpts of public comments from key Conservative Party figures over the past 12 hours, noteworthy for their tone and content of criticism.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning, Conservative MP Simon Hoare said: I can’t see very well.”
Mr Hoare suggested the prime minister had only “12 hours” to turn things around, adding: “I think pessimism is on the rise in all Tory factions. Usually it’s one or the other. But it should ring alarm bells on all wings of the party, both 10th and 11th.
On the same programme, fellow Conservative party Lord Basie said, “The only way out of this mess is for Liz Truss to resign and someone to be appointed prime minister by Conservative MPs.”
Last night, Conservative MP Danny Kruger said in an interview with SkyNew: “The fact is that our party is in full force and our government is in very bad shape. , there were some serious mistakes.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Conservative MP Crispin Brandt described Liz Truss’ position as “completely unacceptable”, adding: “If she didn’t get it, I would be absolutely astonished. would,” he added.
“There are fairly obvious choices as to who should be the next prime minister, and the qualities of self-evident intelligence, calm authority, and ability to learn from experience are either Jeremy Hunt or Rishi Sunak. is.” .
Lord Frost, who served as a minister under Boris Johnson, wrote to the Daily Telegraph that “the government has not implemented the program originally advocated by Liz Truss nor the 2019 manifesto.” Continuing on, he writes: Truss cannot hold office for one very obvious reason. She campaigned against current policies. ”
In an impassioned interview with the BBC last night, Conservative MP Sir Charles Walker said: 10 Hope it was worth it. I hope it was worth it for the ministerial red box. ”
In an interview with Sky Radio last night, former Chief of Staff Thea May, Lord Burwell said: I think Jeremy Hunt has significantly stabilized the economy since taking office last weekend. But the rest of what’s going on is frankly a complete shambles, a disgrace to the County, a disgrace to the Conservative Party, and the sooner it’s over, the better.”
Conservative Home website editor Paul Goodman told BBC Newsnight: If the Conservatives want some semblance of order, and want to convey the exact opposite of the chaos they have communicated since Liz Truss became Conservative leader, I don’t know the answer, so this Did you get it? I have no choice but to send it to Rishi Sunak.
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