Truss exits 10 Downing Street. Photo: Rob Pinney/Getty Images
The burgeoning political crisis in the UK took several unexpected turns on Wednesday as Home Secretary Suella Braverman resigned and several senior Conservatives called on Prime Minister Liz Truss to resign after six disastrous weeks in office.
What you say: “This whole affair is inexcusable. It is a pathetic reflection of the Conservative Parliament Party at all levels and a very poor reflection of the government of the day,” senior Conservative MP Charles Walker said the BBC.
- “All these people who put Liz Truss at number 10 [Downing Street], I hope it was worth it… sitting at the cabinet table. Because the damage they have done to our party is extraordinary,” Walker said, adding that there was no way Truss could recover.
- Walker went one step further, accusing “untalented people” of supporting Truss to advance her own political career without considering the national interest.
Driving the news: Walker’s comments came after Truss’s chief whips told Conservative MPs they could effectively be expelled from the party if they refused to vote with the government on fracking, which Truss wants to legalize but many Conservative MPs oppose.
- The government appeared to stave off that threat until Wednesday’s vote, but Conservative whips – tasked with enforcing party discipline – were still exerting heavy pressure to urge MPs into the polling station. 40 Conservative MPs ultimately abstained.
- In a chaotic scene in Parliament, Chief Whip Wendy Morton allegedly stated she was quitting – which caused Truss to chase after her and caused both to miss the vote.
- As of Wednesday night, Morton and her deputy were still at their jobs, the BBC reports.
goodman did step back – officially for violating security protocols by sending a sensitive email from a personal account – with a glowing letter which means Truss himself should go next.
- Braverman hails from the far-right faction of the party that rallied behind Truss in the Conservative leadership race but is now fast moving away from the prime minister as she reshuffles her policies and top team to calm markets and her job to keep.
- Truss earlier removed another archconservative, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, after the package to sign off on the tax cuts announced three weeks ago spooked markets and caused a damaging run on the pound.
- Truss was forced to effectively hand over control of economic policy to Kwarteng’s successor, Jeremy Hunt, and she quickly replaced Braveman with another centrist, Grant Shapps.
Game Status: Walker is one of a handful of Conservative MPs to leave on the plate to say what the British press reports many are saying privately: Truss must go.
- While apologizing for the economic damage her budget was demanding, during Wednesday’s PM’s questions, Truss insisted she remain: “I’m a fighter, not a slacker.”
- With polls showing the Conservatives trailing the opposition Labor Party by more than 30 points, MPs are working behind the scenes to find a compromise candidate to replace Truss should they be able to force her.