Liz Truss

South west London MPs react to Liz Truss’ resignation

Liz Truss announced her resignation as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom yesterday afternoon, making her tenure the shortest the country has ever seen.

After the news broke, MPs in South West London took to Twitter to share their thoughts on her tenure.

Greg Hands, conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham, shared his thoughts on Twitter, calling Truss’ exit “dignified.”

Labour MP for Hammersmith Andy Slaughter holds a different opinion and shared a critical response, calling the situation “an absolute shambles.”

Sarah Jones, Labour MP for Croydon, made it clear that she thinks the correct course of action is for the government to hold a general election, adding that it needs to be called “For our economy. For growth. For working people.”

Florence Eshalomi, Labour MP for Lambeth, injected some humour into her tweet while conveying the same sentiment, posting a gif with the caption: “Time’s up girl, bye!”

Sarah Olney, Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, is on the same wavelength as Labour politicians as she also feels a general election is the “only way out of this mess.”

She said: “Boris Johnson failed our country and Liz Truss trashed our economy. 

“People from Richmond Park deserve better than this incompetent and chaotic government, which has sent mortgages spiralling while our NHS services are stretched to breaking point.

“The Conservative party have proven time and time again they are not fit to lead the country. 

“Local Conservative MPs in Southwest London now need to do their patriotic duty, put the country first and give people a say by backing a general election.”

A petition with more than 637,000 signatures has been signed calling for a general election.

Fleur Anderson, Labour MP for Putney, gave a speech in support of this petition.

She said: “Labour is election ready. We’re ready for government. Only Labour offers the leadership and the ideas that Britain needs to secure the economy and get us out of this Tory created mess.”

Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Ed Davey, took to Twitter to tell his Kingston constituents he also supports the idea of a general election given the tories’ inadequacy to govern this country from “crisis to crisis”.

Marsha de Cordova, Labour MP for Battersea, posted a thorough statement for her constituents detailing why she is supporting a general election rather than another leadership election under the tories.

Cordova said: “We urgently need to restore integrity and trust in our democracy. This starts with a General Election.”

Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs in south west London have been the most vocal in response to the news of the Prime Minister’s resignation.

Conservative reactions have been sparse at best in the area, although given the tumultuous relations within the party this is not surprising.

Truss’ successor is expected to be announced next week with former Chancellor Rishi Sunak the favourite.

Featured image credit: Image Credit: flickr – UK Government

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