The door to number 10 can be seen behind a rain-covered umbrella in Downing Street on October 20, 2022 in London, England.
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LONDON – British Prime Minister Liz Truss is reportedly engaged in talks with a key Conservative Party member who oversees leadership challenges as speculation mounts that her tenure is coming to an end.
Truss meets with Graham Brady, the Conservative politician in charge of the leaders’ voting and reshuffles. Brady chairs the 1922 Committee – the group of Conservative MPs with no ministerial positions who can submit letters of no confidence against the Prime Minister.
Truss’s key government meetings have also reportedly been canceled for Thursday.
The PA news agency quoted the prime minister’s official spokesperson as saying that Truss “recognizes that the public wanted the government to focus less on politics and more on delivering on their priorities.” “That’s what the prime minister wants.” The spokesperson also said she had had a “difficult day” but wanted to continue on the post.
A vote of no confidence is usually held when 15% of the group submit letters, but current party rules state that no leadership election or vote of no confidence can be held for one year after a leader takes office. Truss entered the post on September 6.
According to media reports earlier this week, Brady had received more than 100 letters. This has led to uncertainty as to whether Truss will be deposed and how.
Meanwhile, the number of Conservative MPs who publicly called on Truss to resign has reached 14. During the broadcast rounds on Thursday morning, after a vote in the House of Commons fell into chaos on Wednesday night, MPs Henry Smith and Miriam Cates joined the call.
Smith told Times Radio: “We need new leadership… we need solid leadership, and I’m afraid, I’m very sorry to say, that it has been clearly lacking in Downing Street in recent weeks.”
Cates said of the same show of Truss’ position: “It seems untenable…And yes, I think it’s time for the Prime Minister to leave.”
She cited the prospect of the Conservative Party being “decimated” if general elections were held now.
A Tuesday poll by YouGov put Truss’s favor among the public at just 10%, the lowest level for a prime minister since it began polls 22 years ago. The Conservative Party was seen as favorable by 18% of people, compared to 45% for the opposition Labor party.