‘Unacceptable’ for Tories to force another PM on country, says Ashworth – LabourList

Jonathan Ashworth said it was ‘unacceptable’ that the Tory Party was considering ‘forcing’ another Tory Prime Minister on the country after Liz Truss resigned and argued they had ‘no mandate’ to continue to the government.

Truss announced she was stepping down as Prime Minister in a statement this afternoon. She said a Conservative leadership election would end “within the next week” to choose her successor, with her remaining in office until the end of the contest.

Speaking to Sky News, the secretary of Shadow Work and Pensions said: “It is clear to me now that the Tories have no mandate to continue in government. The economic crisis facing Britons, with the surge mortgage rates, is a direct consequence of the decisions taken at Downing Street.

“And the idea that Tory MPs here can get together and impose another Tory Prime Minister on the country by denying the British public a say in whatever decision it takes is unacceptable.

“People have had enough. We need a government that will clean up this economic mess, stabilize the economy, rebuild our public services. We need general elections now.

Truss said in his statement: “I took office at a time of great economic and international instability. Families and businesses worried about how to pay their bills.

“Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine threatens the security of our entire continent and our country has been held back for too long by weak economic growth. I was elected by the Conservative Party with a mandate to change that.

“I recognize, however, given the situation. I cannot deliver the term for which I was elected by the Conservative Party. I therefore spoke to His Majesty the King to notify him of my resignation as leader of the Conservative Party,” the former Prime Minister added.

Commenting on Truss’s resignation, Keir Starmer argued that the Tories ‘cannot respond to their latest mess by once again snapping their fingers and shuffling people at the top without the consent of the British people’.

The Labor leader said: ‘Britain is not their personal fiefdom to rule as they wish. The British public deserves to have a say in the future of the country.

“They need the chance to compare the Tories’ chaos with Labor’s plans to fix their mess, grow the economy for working people and rebuild the country for a fairer and greener future. We must have a chance to make a fresh start. We need general elections – now.

Several candidates have already been identified as potential contenders for the Tory leadership. According The GuardianSuella Braverman – who resigned as interior minister on Wednesday – is expected to stand, alongside International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch.

Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reportedly running, and House of Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt is reportedly considering running.

The temperature has reported that Boris Johnson should also run. The former prime minister was forced to resign in July following numerous scandals and an unprecedented number of resignations from the Conservative bench.

Commenting on Johnson’s potential return, Starmer said: “Let’s remember that about three months ago he resigned in disgrace. He resigned because dozens of his frontbenches resigned themselves, saying that he was not suitable for a position.

“So if they’re going to let go of this experience, this chaos, this economic damage, [and] to return three months to a man who has been deemed unfit to carry out his duties, I think only adds insult to injury for the public,” the Labor leader said.

Braverman, Badenoch, Sunak and Mordaunt all participated in the leadership contest over the summer that resulted in Truss being elected. Justice Secretary Brandon Lewis and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace are among other names mentioned as potential candidates.

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Toya J. Bell