Watch: Case for General Election strengthened by new Prime Minister says Welsh Secretary
The Welsh Secretary has said that the case for a new General Election would be strengthened if the Conservative Party replaced Liz Truss as Prime Minister.
Speaking on Newsnight, Robert Buckland said that “the more the Conservative Party change leaders, the stronger the case for a general election becomes”.
His comments come after approval for the UK Government fell to the lowest level on record, at just 7% according to YouGov’s poll tracker.
But Swindon South MP Buckland told Newsnight that the Conservatives should not hurry to depose Liz Truss and then find themselves facing wipeout at an election.
“Let me say this. I think the more the Conservative Party change leaders, the stronger the case for a general election comes or the Labour Party, want the conservatives to chop and change another leader because they think that their best opportunities in early election,” he said.
“I say to my colleagues, be careful what you wish for an early election serves nobody any good, not least the Conservative Party and certainly not the country.”
“The more the Conservative Party change leaders, the stronger the case for a general election becomes”
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 18, 2022
His words come after Truss hosted a reception for a selection of Tory backbenchers in Downing Street, and one of the attendees said her position remains “precarious”.
Clacton MP Giles Watling told BBC Newsnight: “Of course it’s precarious, she knows that, we all know that.”
Former Cabinet minister Michael Gove said it was a matter of time before Ms Truss is ousted as Prime Minister as he warned Britons to expect “a hell of a lot of pain in the next two months”.
Asked at a private event on Tuesday whether it was no longer a question of whether Ms Truss goes, but when, Mr Gove agreed that was “absolutely right”, the Guardian reported.
An admission from Downing Street that Ms Truss could ditch the key manifesto commitment to increase state pensions in line with inflation also sparked a swift backlash.
Her official spokesperson said she is “not making any commitments on individual policy areas” ahead of the Chancellor’s fiscal plan on October 31.
Tory backbencher Maria Caulfield said she “will not be voting to end the pensions triple lock”, with former minister Steve Double joining her in saying: “Nor me.”
Stephen Crabb, the former work and pensions secretary, told the Telegraph it is “not the time to consider abandoning the triple lock” and that “maintaining the value of the state pension during the cost-of-living crisis is essential”.
Support our Nation today
For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.