After budget criticism, Truss says general election is ‘the last thing we need’

“The last thing we need is a general election,” Prime Minister Liz Truss responded to a jibe from Labor MPs during prime ministerial question time.

Although she appeared to be referring to Britain rather than the Conservatives, her comments were ridiculed by opposition Labor MPs.

Warwick and Leamington Labor MP Matt Western asked her: The Prime Minister claims she is in her listening mode. We should make way for the masses. “

Western said Truss’ “honeymoon” period turned into a “disaster” and left the country seeking a divorce.

The Conservative Party has an effective majority of 69 and won’t have to go to the country until January 2025 at the latest, but Truss is under pressure to follow his predecessor, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The new leader of the party for the summer of 2019.

“Kamikaze Budget”

Earlier, Labor leader Sir Kea Sturmer described the financial plan presented by Prime Minister Kwasi Kwarten on 23 September as a “kamikaze budget”.

Sturmer asked Truss: Not homeowners paying extra for their mortgages, workers paying for tax cuts for big corporations, even most MPs behind the prime minister, that you pay for never-never tax cuts. I know you can’t. “

Truss replied: We are certain to see higher economic growth, lower inflation and more opportunities. “

‘We are not facing a huge energy bill’

Referring to the ongoing rail strike, she added: Working people go to work. “

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, accused the Truss of using Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey as a “scapegoat” to try to save Quarten’s career.

Mr Blackford said: Monthly more than what they were paying. His 37 days in office, this is literally the price for the prime minister’s incompetence. That’s the price her household is paying, and it’s all because of the prime minister she elected. “

He added, “Will she now give up her desperate plan to save the Prime Minister’s skin by scapegoating the Governor of the Bank of England?”

Mr Truss responded: “The actions we have taken mean that families in Scotland and across the UK are not facing huge energy bills.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Chris Summers


Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a wide range of national coverage, with a particular interest in crime, police and law.