New poll shows majority of Tories want Truss gone now
Liz Truss: All she stood for has been 'ripped up' says Munchetty
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A majority of Conservative party members now want Liz Truss gone, a new poll has shown. Meanwhile, the top six favourites to replace the Prime Minister have been revealed. A new YouGov poll has found that 55 percent of Conservative Party members think Liz Truss should resign.
The survey, which spoke to 530 Conservative Party members between October 17 and October 18, saw 60 percent of them say they would support a “coronation” of Ms Truss’ successor, rather than a vote of members.
The poll showed that the favourite to succeed Ms Truss is former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with 32 percent of the members polled lending him their support.
Rishi Sunak had the second most support, with 23 percent of members backing the former Chancellor.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was on 10 percent support, while former leadership candidate Penny Mordaunt had nine percent.
Kemi Badenoch took eight percent support from the party members, while Chancellor Jeremy Hunt was on seven percent.
If the summer’s leadership contest were replayed, the poll found that more than twice as many members would now choose Mr Sunak over Ms Truss.
A total of 55 percent of people would vote for Mr Sunak, while just 25 percent would back the current Prime Minister.
In September, Ms Truss won the leadership race against the former Chancellor by 57 to 43 percent.
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The Prime Minister is attempting to claw back her credibility following the economic chaos that occurred in the wake of September’s mini-budget.
Yesterday evening, Ms Truss apologised to the nation, telling the BBC: “First of all, I do want to accept responsibility and say sorry for the mistakes that have been made.”
She added: “I wanted to act, to help people with their energy bills, to deal with the issue of high taxes, but we went too far and too fast.”
Ms Truss also insisted that she would “definitely” lead the Conservative Party into the next general election, which is expected to take place in 2024.
Almost all of the policies announced in September’s mini-budget have since been reversed, with Mr Hunt yesterday announcing that the basic rate of income tax will remain at 20p indefinitely – instead of being reduced to 19p.
Meanwhile, the cap on energy bills is guaranteed until April next year, but will then be reviewed.
Mr Hunt suggested that Britain could be plunged back into a new period of austerity following the Halloween fiscal statement.
The country has been told to expect spending cuts across all departments, and the potential for further tax rises.
Speaking in the Commons yesterday afternoon, Mr Hunt explained: “We are a country that funds our promises and pays our debts and – when that is threatened, as it has been – this Government will take the difficult decisions. That means decisions of eye-watering difficulty.”
He continued: “Every single one of those decisions will be shaped through core, compassionate conservative values that will prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable.
“I want to be completely frank about the scale of the economic challenge we face.
“We have had short-term difficulties, but there are also inflationary and interest pressures around the world.
“We need to do more, more quickly to give certainty to the markets about our fiscal plans.”
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