The full list of MPs calling for Liz Truss to resign
More than a dozen Conservative MPs have now called for Liz Truss to resign.
Liz Truss has met the senior Conservative responsible for establishing whether she commands the confidence of her MPs as she battles an open revolt after a calamitous 24 hours.
Downing Street sources said the Prime Minister invited Sir Graham Brady, the powerful chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, to No 10 in what appeared to be a hastily-arranged meeting on Thursday.
The MP entered No 10 after the number of Tory MPs demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation doubled within just a couple of hours to a dozen after chaotic scenes in the Commons that followed the resignation of Suella Braverman as home secretary.
Ms Truss acknowledged a “difficult day” in her premiership but wants to push on as Prime Minister, her official spokesman said.
Thursday morning saw six Tories – Sir Gary Streeter, Sheryll Murray, Miriam Catets, Steve Double, Henry Smith and Matthew Offord – add their voices to calls for the Prime Minister to step down.
They joined Crispin Blunt, who became the first Tory MP to publicly call for Ms Truss to resign on October 16, and five others who had already made their declarations before the chaotic scenes in the Commons on Wednesday night.
The full list of those who have said the PM should resign is as follows:
Reigate MP Crispin Blunt announced his loss of confidence in the Prime Minister in a post on his website.
He said her authority has been “fatally damaged” and called for a “leadership team based around Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt and Jeremy Hunt” to take over.
He said: “She has to go now as she cannot win nor sustain the confidence of her colleagues, far less the public and a relentless media. The principal emotional reaction to her public presentation is now a mixture of anger, contempt and pity.”
Jamie Wallis, the MP for Bridgend and Porthcawl, said in a letter to the Prime Minister that her policies have done “clear and obvious harm to the British economy” and criticised her decision to appoint her supporters to senior Government jobs over “the most qualified politicians available”.
The Welsh MP also attacked Ms Truss for failing to challenge “increased hostility towards transgender people” both on social media and among candidates in the leadership contest.
Serial rebel Andrew Bridgen told the Telegraph “we cannot carry on like this” and, in a blog for American website Pavlovic Today, said Ms Truss has “run out of friends” and “sunk her own leadership” with the mini-budget.
Guildford MP Angela Richardson became the fourth MP to call for Ms Truss to go, telling Times Radio on Monday that the Prime Minister was responsible for the financial chaos of the previous weeks.
Ms Richardson said she does not think Ms Truss’s position is “tenable” and confirmed she would support Rishi Sunak taking over.
Sir Charles Walker
A former vice-chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Charles Walker told Sky News: “I think her position is untenable. She has put colleagues, the country, through a huge amount of unnecessary pain and upset and worry.”
After Wednesday’s fracking vote, the Broxbourne MP told BBC News that Ms Truss’s supporters have done “extraordinary” damage to the Conservative Party.
William Wragg, who chairs the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee and was a prominent opponent of Boris Johnson, told the Commons ahead of the fracking vote that he had written to Sir Graham Brady to say he had no confidence in Ms Truss.
Sir Gary Streeter
Sir Gary Streeter, MP for South West Devon, tweeted on Thursday morning that the Conservatives have to change leader, but warned this will not be enough to change the party’s fortunes.
He said that “even if the angel Gabriel now takes over”, the Tories will need to “urgently rediscover discipline, mutual respect and teamwork” if they are to govern well and “avoid slaughter at the next election”.
Sheryll Murray became the first MP who endorsed Ms Truss during the leadership contest to call for her resignation.
The South East Cornwall MP tweeted on Thursday that she agrees with fellow West Country MP Sir Gary Streeter, adding: “I had high hopes for Liz Truss but after what happened last night her position has become untenable and I have submitted a letter to Sir Graham Brady”.
Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Miriam Cates, who backed Suella Braverman for the party leadership, told Times Radio on Thursday that Ms Truss’s position “seems untenable” and it is time for her to go.
Another West Country MP, Steve Double also told Times Radio on Thursday that the Prime Minister should resign.
He said: “I believe the scenes of yesterday have shown that there is no functioning Government, it’s completely broken down. She isn’t up to the job, sadly, and I think it’s time for her to just accept that and announce that she’s going to step down and allow us to find someone else.”
Crawley MP Henry Smith, who endorsed Ms Braverman and then Ms Truss for the leadership, told Times Radio on Thursday that the party “can’t delay” removing the Prime Minister.
He said: “I think she should do the honourable thing and say that her premiership has made the wrong calls, not just once or twice but consistently since coming into office almost two months ago.”
Mr Smith added that it is time for a return to “strong leadership” of the sort “we did actually see under Boris Johnson’s administration”.
Matthew Offord, the MP for Hendon, told the Evening Standard on Thursday that the Prime Minister’s position is no longer “sustainable” and she needs to “manage some kind of dignified exit”.
He also backed Ms Truss during the leadership campaign, making a total of three former supporters of the Prime Minister now calling for her resignation.
The list has now been added to as Tory Jill Mortimer has demanded the exit of Liz Truss as Prime Minister.
The Hartlepool MP shared an image of her letter of no confidence on Facebook, which she has sent to 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady.
She added: “Yesterday, I tried to get called in PMQs to ask Liz Truss for an assurance of support for our town and our promises.
“Sadly I was not called and the deteriorating situation throughout the day left me with no choice but to submit a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister to Sir Graham Brady.”
Conservative Ruth Edwards has told Liz Truss to “step aside, go, and let someone who is up to the task” become Prime Minister.
The Rushcliffe MP wrote on the ConservativeHome website: “The Prime Minister has shown breath-taking economic and political incompetence during her short tenure in office. It is not responsible for the party to allow her to remain in power. Not when her actions can have such detrimental consequences for our constituents.
“So I add my small voice to the groundswell of others. Step aside, go, and let someone who is up to the task take on the great privilege and responsibility of leading our great country and party.”
She also says Chief Whip Wendy Morton did in fact resign during Wednesday’s chaos in the Commons.
“I walked up to the Chief Whip to try and clarify what was going on. She cut me off mid-sentence ‘I don’t have to talk to you, I’ve resigned’,” Ms Edwards wrote.
Conservative MP Paul Holmes has added his voice to calls for the Prime Minister to resign.
The MP for Eastleigh tweeted: “I joined the Conservative Party to deliver for the great people of this country. The Prime Minister cannot do that. The last few days have left me in despair. I believe the Prime Minister should resign and have written my letter to Sir Graham Brady.”
His tweet came just minutes before the Prime Minister was due to make a statement in Downing Street.
Downing Street has refused to say that Liz Truss will stick to the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to reduce net migration overall.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The public wants us to control immigration and ensure we have a system that works in the UK is interests. That is our guiding principle but I’m not going to pre-empt further discussion.”
Pressed further, the official told reporters: “We do not want to see uncontrolled increases in low-skilled migrants coming into the country.
“What we are talking about is how we strike a balance to ensure that we have control over high-skilled migrants coming into the country to ensure our economy is supported and indeed can grow. Decisions on that have not been taken”.
There are no plans for Liz Truss to hold a press conference or to make any more changes to her Cabinet on Thursday, Downing Street has said.
Asked if any more changes to the Cabinet or ministerial position are expected, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters: “No plans for that currently.
“There are no plans for any further reshuffle at this time.”
He also said “there are no plans” for Ms Truss to speak publicly.
Government whips are still “considering what action to take” against Tory MPs who abstained in the chaotic fracking vote, Downing Street has said.
Asked whether this meant they are deciding whether to remove the party whip from Tory rebels, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “I can’t get into party discipline and whether it’s that binary. Again, it’s really not my area.”
Amid confusion over whether Liz Truss voted, the official said: “She did”.
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