Posted on 20 October 2022
Six weeks after taking office, British Prime Minister Liz Truss abruptly announced her resignation on October 20. Following the collapse of her right-wing tax cut agenda and the uprising of numerous Conservative MPs, Ms. Truss submitted to the inevitable.
Ms. Truss declared during a speech in Downing Street that she would continue in her position as prime minister until a new Tory leader is appointed. Following the declaration, UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer called for an immediate general election.
Late on Wednesday, amid tumultuous scenes at the House of Commons, a crucial minister quit and a large number of Tory MPs rebelled over a significant vote. By Thursday morning, over a dozen Conservative MPs had publicly called for Ms. Truss to resign after her tax-cutting proposals sparked a market collapse amid a dire cost-of-living crisis. Even though party rules would have prohibited another leadership contest for a year, many more were said to have sent letters to Mr. Brady asking for her to be dismissed.
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