All eyes are on Rishi Sunak as pressure mounts on British PM Liz Truss to quit

LONDON: British Prime Minister Liz Truss faces an open revolt against his leadership as a growing number of Conservative Party MPs call for him to step down amid growing chaos at the heart of the UK government, with all eyes now on the former chancellor Rishi Sunak to be parachuted in to take matters into your own hands.
Sir Graham Brady, the longest-serving Tory backbencher as chairman of the 1922 committee, met her on Thursday for an unscheduled meeting in Downing Street as at least 13 Tory MPs openly called on Truss to leave.
Under the current rules, Truss technically can’t face a leadership challenge for at least 12 months, but there are growing rumors of a quick rule change or an ultimatum telling her that she no longer has the support of his colleagues.
Sunak, who lost to Truss, has now failed tax reduction program in the leadership race last month, is seen as a key candidate for the job. But the picture remains extremely uncertain due to deep feuds within the Conservative ranks. Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s loyalists believe the party should bring him back, given his strong electoral tenure since the 2019 general election. However, Truss’ current problems are themselves reminiscent of how Johnson was dragged out of office and forced to resign in early July amid open revolt by a growing number of his MPs and ministers.
The latest turmoil comes a day after Suella Braverman’s explosive exit from Cabinet after she admitted a breach of ministerial code by discussing government policy in private emails and a scathing attack on her boss.
“Not only have we broken key promises that were promised to our constituents, but I have serious concerns about this government’s commitment to honoring manifesto commitments, such as reducing overall migration numbers and ‘stop illegal migration, especially dangerous small boat crossings,’ it read. the resignation letter of the former interior minister of Indian origin.
His exit came on what experts consider a relatively low-level ministerial breach, but reflects more serious differences between Braverman and Truss on the country. immigration policy.
The Prime Minister tried to get out of the latest crisis by quickly appointing Grant Shapps as the new Home Secretary. But just days after sacking Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor and bringing in Jeremy Hunt who has since overturned his entire economic agenda, the latest Cabinet shake-up is only likely to hasten Truss’ exit from 10 Downing Street.
To make matters worse, the Speaker of the House of Commons has ordered an inquiry into reports of intimidation and abuse of some Tory MPs forced to vote with the government on an opposition motion on Wednesday night.
The confusion erupted after Labor tabled a vote on whether MPs should have a say in the government’s fracking plans to drill for gas. Tory MPs were first told the vote would be treated as a test of loyalty to the government, a so-called confidence motion, and if they did not oppose the opposition Labor motion they would could be subject to disciplinary action by the parliamentary party. Chaotic scenes were filmed in the Commons voting hall as whips tried to get Tory MPs to oppose the Labor motion. There were reports of further resignations from Truss’ top team, which were later withdrawn.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer renewed his call for a general election as the only way out of “pathetic bickering” within the ruling party.
“All the failures of the last 12 years have now come to a boil,” he told an event in Brighton, referring to the Tory-led government’s tenure.


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