UK: cornered, Prime Minister Liz Truss throws in the towel and resigns

UK: cornered, Prime Minister Liz Truss throws in the towel and resigns

Cornered British Prime Minister Liz Truss finally resigned on Thursday to step down after just six weeks in power, akin to a crossroads for the Conservative leader whose radical economic program…

Cornered British Prime Minister Liz Truss finally resigned on Thursday to step down after just six weeks in power, akin to a cross for the Conservative leader whose radical economic program had caused a political and financial crisis.

“Given the situation, I am unable to fulfill the mandate for which I was elected by the Conservative Party. I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to announce my resignation,” the 47-year-old leader said at 10 Downing Street a very short speech.

A vote to find him as his successor within the Conservative Party will take place “next week”, added the Conservative leader, who is therefore throwing in the towel to become Prime Minister, having spent the shortest time at Downing Street in modern British history Has. with only 44 days in office.

As Thursday morning she appeared clinging to power, a spokeswoman said at noon she was working with Treasury Secretary Jeremy Hunt to prepare her medium-term economic plan, the day after a disastrous day for her.

But by mid-morning she met the deputy at the head of the powerful 1922 committee in charge of the Conservative party’s internal organization (and hence possible replacement proceedings) at a time when the Conservative leader was struggling with him a majority is becoming more and more rebellious, the list of parliamentarians asking for his departure is lengthening by the hour.

“Liz Truss needs to go as soon as possible,” said former Conservative Secretary David Frost, who had previously ardently supported her, in a Daily Telegraph column.

More unpopular with public opinion than ever, with no economic program after the humiliating waiver of tax cuts and having been deprived of two of her key ministers, Liz Truss was sure she wanted to stay put, her Downing Street livelihood seemed well compromised .

Amid the economic crisis of the cost of living that is seeing millions of Britons suffering from inflation, the Conservative Party is launching an internal election to find a new leader – the fifth in six years – while the previous summer, following the resignation of Boris Johnson, against the background of scandals in Downing Street and in the majority.

Who will the candidates be, while several names for Liz Truss’ successor have been circulating for days, such as those of Rishi Sunak, Jeremy Hunt, Penny Mordaunt – the Minister responsible for relations with Parliament – or even Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister for her replaced Sept.

General elections “now”

The Tories have decided to avoid a snap general election if the Labor opposition prances ahead in the polls.

Following Liz Truss’ announcement, her leader Keir Starmer called for general elections to be called “now” rather than late 2024 or early 2025 as planned.

Conservatives are “failing in their basic patriotic duty to let Brits out of their wretched squabbling,” he attacked in a speech to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) on Thursday morning, at a time when many social movements are rushing the country in the face of the cost of living crisis.

For Liz Truss, Wednesday turned into melodrama. Less than a week after the departure of Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, who was replaced by Jeremy Hunt, the government’s new strongman, it was far-right Home Secretary Suella Braverman who left the government over growing differences with Liz Truss over immigration, according to British left media.

She was replaced by Grant Shapps, former Transport Secretary under Boris Johnson, in a gesture of openness towards Liz Truss’ ex-opponents in the Downing Street race, as Shapps had backed Rishi Sunak.

The evening was an eventful one in Parliament, where a vote – won by the government – to lift the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing apparently became a hamster wheel between the Conservatives.

Majority MPs refused to vote for the government, despite the reprisals they faced, after Downing Street specifically asked that the voting instructions be respected.

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British Prime Minister Liz Truss announces her resignation outside Downing Street in London on October 20, 2022
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Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss returns to 10 Downing Street in London on October 20, 2022 after announcing her resignation

Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss returns to 10 Downing Street in London on October 20, 2022 after announcing her resignation
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Opposition Leader Keir Starmer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Brighton, England on October 20, 2022

Opposition Leader Keir Starmer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Brighton, England on October 20, 2022
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