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Interestingly, Truss herself is holding a solo press conference at 2:30pm.
This is thought to be reversing the mini-Budget, but would that warrant a whole press conference on its own? I wonder if she might announce anything else…
I must admit, I’m incredibly surprised by how quickly the Truss ministry has seemingly imploded. Following the turbulent late Johnson era, I was hoping that the Truss era could bring stability and a relatively constant government once again, but it appears that Truss’ time as PM could be even more stormy than Johnson’s…
The fact that people are already heavily debating her demise on her 39th day in the job is truly unprecedented stuff… I do feel somewhat sorry for Liz Truss, seeing as she’s only been in the job for 1 month, but it must be said that it has been one pretty turbulent month what with everything that has gone on in the aftermath of the mini-Budget…
A waste of parliamentary time, that’s what it is.Apparently the petition to “call an immediate general election” has now hit 618,000 signatures and is being debated in Parliament tomorrow, for what it’s worth…
A waste of parliamentary time, that’s what it is.
There’s about as much chance of a GE in the next six months as me winning the lotto jackpot the next 3 weeks running.
Well, there have been considerable developments… 3 Tory MPs have now publicly called for Truss to go: https://news.sky.com/story/liz-trus...-game-is-up-as-pressure-mounts-on-pm-12722139
More interestingly, however, it is believed that Sir Graham Brady could have received up to 100 letters of no confidence in her leadership, according to MPs: https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/u...o-confidence-in-liz-truss-mps-believe-1915033
Sir Brady will not yet have seen how many letters have been sent, as it is currently the weekend and he is currently away on a foreign holiday, but I guess we’ll find out when he returns tomorrow…
For what it’s worth, both Theresa May and Boris Johnson were deposed with this rule supposedly protecting them from another challenge… and both resignations happened at least in part because Sir Graham “gave them wise counsel” (which I’m led to believe means that he advised them to resign due to much of the parliamentary party being against them, and he threatened to change the rules to allow for another VONC if they didn’t resign).As the rules stand it doesn’t matter how many letters are in as a leadership challenge cannot happen for 1 year after a leader is voted in. The 1922 committee will have to vote to change the rules if they want a leadership election.
For what it’s worth, both Theresa May and Boris Johnson were deposed with this rule supposedly protecting them from another challenge… and both resignations happened at least in part because Sir Graham “gave them wise counsel” (which I’m led to believe means that he advised them to resign due to much of the parliamentary party being against them, and he threatened to change the rules to allow for another VONC if they didn’t resign).
I can't see why the Conservatives would go for a general election at this point. There's absolutely no benefit to them to do so (unless they specifically want to lose and dump the mess onto a Labour government)
Since the Fixed-terms Parliament Act was repealed I think the power to call a general election is now exclusively with the Prime Minister. Even if the entire house voted for an election it would count for nothing from a legal perspective.
Didn't the Fixed Term Parliament Act change the rules on no confidence votes? Wasn't it a simple majority before and now something like 60% no confidence to win or did I dream that up?