Liz Truss resigns: Bolton MP’s and Leader of council react

The Prime Minister’s announcement that she would be resigning has been described as ‘inevitable’ by Bolton Council leader and the head of the borough’s Conservatives.

Liz Truss becomes the shortest-serving PM in UK history after her shock decision to step down, which she announced this afternoon.

Ms Truss has been in the role for just 45 days.

During her time as Prime Minister, there has been a crash in the markets and a loss of two key ministers.

Cllr Cox said: “I think it was inevitable really.

“She lost the confidence of the parliamentary party, and once that’s lost it’s never regained.

“On a personal level it must be awful for her.”

Bolton West MP Chris Green, who backed Liz Truss in the leadership race after his favoured candidate Tom Tugendhat was voted out, said: “There have been clear problems with her premiership since the mini-budget.

“To lose the Chancellor so early on shows significant problems, but to lose the Home Secretary as well meant that Liz Truss’ position was untenable.

“I’m relieved that she’s resigned now as Prime Minister and I know that my constituents expect government to resumed immediately.

“Tom Tugendhat and other possible candidates have a lot of talent, but I think it’s important for candidates to come forward before I decide who I think is right to lead the country.

“Whoever leads the country must have the people at heart.

“The leadership contest must be as short as possible because the country, the economy, the health service all need certainty to deal with the problems we are facing.

“We can’t forget that Europe is at war. There is a burden on all MPs to consider that.

“Six weeks of a General Election process would create catastrophic insecurity that the country would find difficult to recover from.”

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi has said Liz Truss’ resignation is not enough and a general election must follow as soon as possible.

She said: “Liz Truss is the latest Tory prime minister in a string of tory failures.

“Her resignation however isn’t enough; we need a general election and Labour are a government in waiting ready to give Britain the leadership it desperately needs.”

Bolton’s opposition leader Cllr Nick Peel has had similar views to Liz Truss resigning.

He said: “I am not surprised after the perfect shambles we have seen throughout her six weeks as Prime Minister.

“I think it was completely on the cards.

“We now have a situation where there is another leadership election that is just Tory MPs.

“The uncertainty is not good for the economy of Britain.

“Whoever is elected needs to do a general election immediately.”

Bolton Liberal Democrats leader Roger Hayes said: “I’m surprised this lasted this long, to be honest.

“There have been some catastrophic decisions made in her time.

“It goes to show that they are competent at getting rid leaders.

“It’s important that we have the new Prime Minster in place soon. I just hope whoever comes in to replace her is competent for the country’s sake. We need someone who knows what they’re doing.

“I would certainly call for a General Election, but if they are 30-odd points down in the polls like they are it’s no surprised they are not calling one.”



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