Cabinet ministers are urging Tory MPs to avoid another ‘soap play’ as Liz Truss fights to stay in Downing Street – amid claims more than 100 of them are ready to try to topple the Prime Minister general.
Westminster is bracing for another dramatic day as Ms Truss tries to save her disastrous position as prime minister following the weakening of her Small Budget and the ensuing financial turmoil.
The Prime Minister abandoned the economic agenda she campaigned for for Tory leadership this summer and tasked Jeremy Hunt – who replaced Kwasi Kwarteng as Prime Minister on Friday – with efforts calm market turmoil.
Mr Hunt was called ‘De facto Prime Minister’ by a senior Conservative MP this morning in the downfall of Ms Truss.
The PM was also warned she remains in No10 ‘at the moment’ as she prepares for a tense meeting with Tory ‘centre’ MPs this evening.
Three Conservative supporters broke ranks to demand that Ms Truss step down as Prime Minister.
It is claimed that more than 100 people were willing to send letters of distrust of her leadership to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of the Tories.
Sir Graham has returned home from holiday and is expected to meet Mrs. Truss.
He is facing demands from Tory supporters to tell the PM her time is up or change party rules to allow an immediate vote of confidence on the possibility. her leader.
Under current rules, Ms. Truss remains safe from such a vote in her first 12 months in office.
Liz Truss has been warned she remains at No10 ‘for the moment’ as she prepares for an emergency meeting with ‘central’ Tory MPs this evening
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of the Tories, has returned home from holiday and is also expected to meet the Prime Minister
Penny Mordaunt, Leader of the House of Commons, used an article this morning to urge MPs to protest in support of the new Prime Minister and Prime Minister Jeremy Hunt
Mr Hunt was called ‘De facto Prime Minister’ by a senior Conservative MP this morning in a bitter tussle with Ms Truss
With Tory MPs still undecided on who can replace the Prime Minister – or how best they can force her out – Cabinet ministers are pushing back against feverish speculation about Ms Truss’ future. .
Penny Mordaunt, the Leader of the House of Commons, who is tipped to replace Ms Truss, used an article this morning to urge MPs to rally in support of the Prime Minister and Mr Hunt.
She wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Our country needs stability, not an opera.
However, the national mission is very clear, in the words of the Prime Minister,’ Ms Mordaunt added.
‘That’s what we should all be focusing on right now. It takes pragmatism and teamwork. We need us to work with the Prime Minister and your new Prime Minister. It needs all of us. ‘
However, despite Ms Mordaunt’s public support, no Government Ministers conducted television or radio interviews this morning to defend Ms Truss’ position.
As part of his bid to cement his position, the Prime Minister will meet with One Nation’s powerful 100-member group of Tory MPs this evening.
Former minister Victoria Atkins confirmed Ms Truss’ attendance and said the group would ‘do their best and be a very warm audience, welcoming Cabinet ministers’.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “First of all we would ask her if she intends to emphasize our benevolent Conservative principles that have helped us win elections since last year. 2010 like”.
Asked if she would like Ms Truss to lead the Tories in the next general election, Ms Atkins replied: ‘She’s Chancellor at the moment, we won’t have an election for the next few years. .
‘I want her to get us back on track, I want her to reiterate our concern for our voters and the benevolent values of One Country.’
Asked again if she would like Ms Truss to lead the Conservatives in the next election, Ms Atkins said: ‘If she can bring those values to the forefront then I’m happy because she did it.’
Senior backer Sir Roger Gale called Mr Hunt ‘De facto Prime Minister at the moment’.
“Apparently all the footage is now being called from 11,” he told Sky News.
‘And in a way I’m happy to say I’m very pleased with them as I think that will stabilize the market and I hope that we can find a future path for the Kingdom Older brother.
‘If he does this wrong, then we die in a handcart but if he does it right, then we can come out of this, I think, better and stronger and we can start moving in the direction we all really want to go. ‘
Former Deputy Chancellor Damian Green suggested that Mr Hunt’s appointment as Chancellor ‘has begun to calm the market’ and hopes the Conservative Party can ‘start anew’.
He called Mrs Truss a ‘pragmatist’, adding: ‘She realized that the first budget didn’t work out in a spectacular fashion.
‘So now she has the reasonable view that now we’re going to try something else, and her appointment as Prime Minister is very reasonable in Jeremy Hunt.’
Mr Green said it was ‘best’ for the Tories to avoid another leadership election.
He continued: “I think the public will have the right to find that quite surprising – and so the ideal outcome for the country is most important, but also, when it happens, to the Party. Conservatism, is for the Government to succeed.
‘I think the appointment of Jeremy Hunt and what he’s done so far shows us one way that we can do that and if we continue that journey we will get it back. the stability that everyone is calling for.’
Liz Smith, the Scottish Conservative Party’s economic and financial spokesman in Holyrood, told the BBC that Ms Truss had ‘just a few days left to turn this around and if she can’t do that, she will have to resign’ .
Crispin Blunt, Jamie Wallis and Andrew Bridgen all publicly called for Ms Truss to quit last night.
Mr Blunt today told Channel 4’s Andrew Neil Show that he does not think the Prime Minister can survive the current crisis.
Mr Bridgen, a supporter of Rishi Sunak’s leadership campaign, told the Daily Telegraph: ‘We cannot go on like this. Our country, our people and our party deserve better. ‘
Mr Wallis took to Twitter to share a letter addressed to the Prime Minister.
He wrote: ‘In recent weeks I have witnessed the Government weakening Britain’s economic credibility and fracturing our Party irreparably.
‘Enough is enough. I have written to the Prime Minister to ask her to give up because she no longer holds the faith of this country. ‘