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Thursday, October 20, 2022

WON? Lettuce literally outlasted Liz Truss as she plans to quit as prime minister of the UK

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Lettuce literally outlasted Liz Truss as she plans to quit as prime minister of the UK. (Read More Here).

Truss, who would become the shortest-serving prime minister in UK history, has been under pressure from Tory MPs to quit after the resignation of Suella Braverman as home secretary and as the Tory party plunged into chaos.

It is unclear whether she will step down immediately or set out a timetable for departure, with the Conservative party so far unable to coalesce around a successor, although Rishi Sunak, Jeremy Hunt, Penny Mordaunt and Ben Wallace have all been mentioned as possible successors.

The final straw for many Tory MPs appeared to be the chaotic scenes on Wednesday, in which a vote on a Labour motion over fracking saw mayhem in the voting lobbies, with shouting and jostling. Afterwards, a dozen or more Conservative MPs who rebelled did not even know whether they still had the whip.

This came just five days after Truss sacked her chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, replacing him with Jeremy Hunt, the former foreign secretary and health secretary.

Her time in office has been dominated by market chaos prompted by the mini-budget that was announced by former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng last month.

Despite sacking Mr Kwarteng last week and reversing almost all the unfunded tax cuts that had been proposed, the prime minister's position had continued to come under pressure. Some Tory MPs had publicly called for her resignation, but many others had privately suggested her time was up.

While Conservative Party rules prevent a challenge in the first 12 months of a new leader's tenure, it was reported that a significant number of MPs had written to Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 committee, to make clear they had lost confidence in the PM.

On Monday, new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced the government would be cutting the energy price guarantee back to six months from the two years previously promised and abandoning the planned 1p reduction to the basic rate of income tax.

The announcement was widely seen as the complete upheaval of Ms Truss's economic programme, central to her leadership bid.

After Mr Hunt's statement, the prime minister's official spokesman refused to deny that Ms Truss was about to resign, instead saying she was "working very closely" with the new chancellor.

On Tuesday, Ms Truss sent House of Commons leader Penny Mordaunt to answer an urgent question in the Commons tabled by Labour on the sacking of Mr Kwarteng.

Ms Mordaunt denied to MPs that Ms Truss was hiding "under a desk". Ms Braverman was the second departure from the four great offices of state within Ms Truss's first six weeks in Number 10.

A few hours later, there was mayhem in the Commons over whether a fracking vote was being considered as a confidence vote in the government and whether the chief and deputy chief whip had quit.

There was speculation that Chief Whip Wendy Morton and her deputy, Craig Whittaker, walked out after a last-minute U-turn on a threat to strip the party whip from Conservative MPs if they backed a Labour challenge over fracking.

Truss made Kwarteng take the blame for September’s mini-budget, despite it being widely seen as a joint project. A panicked market reaction to the £45bn of largely unfunded tax cuts caused the pound to slump and the cost of new government debt to soar.

Truss, facing a mutiny by her MPs as mortgage costs rocketed, sacked Kwarteng but was unable to explain why she should stay on when the tax-cutting measures had been strongly advocated by her as well.

Another humiliation came when Hunt announced the scrapping of almost all the tax cuts, and the scaling back of Truss’s flagship scheme to cap energy bills, in an attempt to restore stability.

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