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All The Tory MPs Calling For Liz Truss To Resign

Liz Truss is facing a revolt from backbench MPs over government chaos (Alamy)

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Liz Truss's premiership is crumbling as more Conservative MPs break cover to call on her to stand down.

A growing number of MPs have urged the Prime Minister to step down following scenes of chaos since her catastrophic "mini-Budget" just weeks ago. A fraught Commons vote on Thursday, which led to accusations of bullying in the voting lobbies, has triggered further rancour among the Tory backbenches.

There are currently two camps of MPs who have spoken out against Truss, with some publicly stating they have already submitted their letters of no confidence to the party's ruling 1922 Committee, and those who have openly called on her to step down, but have not revealed whether if they have made their own submission to 1922 chairman Graham Brady.

The list of MPs who have submitted letters includes:

William Wragg

In an extraordinary Commons speech, Wragg revealed he was planning to support the government during Wednesday's fracking vote because he was concerned that if he did not he would be suspended from the party and as a result, his letter of no confidence he had already submitted to the 1922 Committee would be removed.

Sheryll Murray

The South East Cornwall MP announced on Thursday she had decided to submit her letter following the chaos of Wednesday's vote.

She tweeted: "I had high hopes for Liz Truss but after what happened last night her position has become untenable and I have submitted a letter to Sir Graham Brady."

Steve Double

Speaking on Thursday, Double said he was planning to submit his letter imminently because he believed Truss "isn't up to the job".

He told Times Radio: "She isn't up to the job, sadly. It's time for her to just accept that and announce that she's going to step down and allow us to find someone else.

"I'll be writing a letter to the PM later today to just make that absolutely clear."

Jill Mortimer

The Hartlepool MP, who won the seat during a by-election under Boris Johnson, posted a picture of the letter she had submitted.

She said the "deteriorating situation" throughout Wednesday had left her with "no choice" but to call for a vote of no confidence.

Ruth Edwards

Writing for ConservativeHome on Thursday, Edwards said she had already made her views known to Brady earlier this week.

In a scathing judgement on Truss, she wrote: "The Prime Minister has shown breath-taking economic and political incompetence during her short tenure in office.

"It is not responsible for the party to allow her to remain in power. Not when her actions can have such detrimental consequences for our constituents."

MPs Calling On Truss To Resign

Henry Smith

The Crawley MP, first elected in 2010, said the party "can't delay" in removing Truss.

"I think she should do the honourable thing and say that her premiership has made the wrong calls not just once or twice, but consistently since coming into office almost two months ago. And that now it's time for strong leadership to come back to this country," he told Times Radio.

He said after scrutinising Truss during her time as Foreign Secretary he "did fear she may be out of her depth as prime minister".

Miriam Cates

The MP, elected in 2019, told Times Radio: "[Truss's leadership] seems untenable...and yes, I do think it's time for the Prime Minister to go."

Cates said the party should now choose a "unity candidate" to take control of the "very, very difficult economic and social situation".

But she pushed back against the prospect of an imminent general election, saying her party would be "decimated".

Gary Streeter

The veteran Tory MP, who has held his seat since 1997, said it was time for Truss to resign and that the party faced "slaughter" at the next election without a reset.

In a tweet, he wrote: "Sadly, it seems we must change leader BUT even if the angel Gabriel now takes over, the Parliamentary Party has to urgently rediscover discipline, mutual respect and teamwork if we are to (i) govern the UK well and (ii) avoid slaughter at the next election.#lastchance"

Jamie Wallis

The Welsh MP called for Truss to resign on Sunday, saying he did not believe she still held the confidence "of the country or the parliamentary party".

Wallis, who came out as transgender earlier this year, also expressed his anger at ministers for trying to "exploit" and "weaponise" the issues to "score cheap political points".

He added: "You chose not to challenge this behaviour and have now chosen to have those same colleagues sit alongside you in your government."

Crispin Blunt

The Reigate MP, who has announced he will step down at the next general election, said on Sunday that most Tory MPs understood that Truss's authority was "fatally damaged".

He said in a statement: "She has to go now as she cannot win nor sustain the confidence of her colleagues, far less the public and a relentless media."

Angela Richardson

The Guildford MP joined calls for Truss to resign, saying recent problems with the UK's finances were "100 per cent down to the Prime Minister".

Speaking to Times Radio, she said: "I just don't think that it's tenable that she can stay in her position any longer. And I'm very sad to have to say that."

But she refused to say whether she had submitted her letter to the 1922 Committee, saying it was a "private matter".

Charles Walker

In an extraordinary interview on BBC News following Wednesday night's vote, Walker said he was "livid" with Truss and the government.

It was the second time in a week that Walker had called on Truss to resign. Expressing his anger over the government's actions in recent days, he said: "This is an absolute disgrace. As a Tory MP of 17 years who has never been a minister who has got on with it loyally most of the time, I think it is a shambles and a disgrace.

"I think it is utterly appalling. I am livid."

Johnny Mercer

Responding to Walker's intervention, the former minister who was sacked by Truss when she took office, expressed his agreement with Walker, tweeting: "F**k me. He's nailed it. Every word."

Maria Caulfield

The fellow former minister joined Mercer is backing Walker's comments, tweeting: "Tonight we are all Charles Walker".

Andrew Bridgen

The North West Leicestershire MP said the country and his party "deserve better" as he called for the PM to resign on Sunday.

The former Rishi Sunak backer said: "Liz has sunk her own leadership and her predecessors potential come back at the same time, all in record time."

He added: "Unless this is resolved quickly, we are heading for a General Election."

Matthew Offord

The Hendon MP, first elected in 2010, also joined the chorus, saying it was time for a "dignified exit".

Speaking on Thursday, he told the Evening Standard: "I can't see the situation being sustainable.

"She does need to sit down and discuss it with her cabinet and with others to manage some kind of dignified exit."

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