Liz Truss says she will lead Conservatives into next General Election

Liz Truss as Prime Minister 'isn't tenable any longer' says MP

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The Prime Minister sat down with BBC political editor Chris Mason on Monday evening to apologise for the problems and high costs caused by the mini-budget, but also added that she has fixed those mistakes. She said: “I do want to accept responsibility and say sorry, for the mistakes that have been made.” 

Ms Truss continued: “I wanted to act but to help people with their energy bills to deal with the issue of high taxes, but we went too far and too fast.”

“I’ve acknowledged that. I put in place a new Chancellor with a new strategy to restore economic stability.

“Now what I’m focused on is delivering for the public, whether that’s delivering on our energy price guarantee, and we’ve made sure people are only paying a typical household £2,500.

“But also delivering on the promise of growth, making sure we’re delivering on the roads, the broadband, the mobile phone signal, all of those things which is going to help our economies succeed.”

In the same interview, Ms Truss told Mr Mason: “I’m sticking around because I was elected to deliver for this country, and that is what I am determined to do.”

She confirmed with Mr Mason that she will continue to be party leader, and said: “I will lead the Conservatives into the next general election.”

The Prime Minister also said she was “not focused on internal debates within the Conservative Party”.

Interviewer Mr Mason replied with: “But you need to be, don’t you? You know you need to be in order to stay in office.”

Ms Truss replied: “The important thing is I’ve been elected to this position to deliver for the country.

“We are facing very tough times. We simply cannot afford to spend our time talking about the Conservative Party, rather than what we need to deliver. That is my message to my colleagues.”

Mr Mason also asked the Prime Minister about the fears certain Conservative MPs had that the party will lose in the next general election and that Ms Truss is being blamed for losing voters.

The Prime Minister responded: “Well, my message to my colleagues is yes, I completely acknowledge that there have been mistakes.

“I have acted swiftly to fix those mistakes. I’ve been honest about what those mistakes were.

She added: “And what we now need to do is move forward and deliver for the country because that’s ultimately… what people care about,

“I will stay in the job to deliver for the national interest.”

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This week, Ms Truss is facing backlash within her own party, as five Conservative MPs have publicly called on her to resign as Prime Minister after her economic plans caused instability.

Sir Charles Walker, a senior member of the Conservatives, said in an interview with Sky News that he predicts Ms Truss has another “week or two” before she steps down or is forced to quit.

He added that he was “so cross” about how “catastrophically incompetent” Ms Truss’s Government has been.

In the same interview, he said: “She has put colleagues, the country, through a huge amount of unnecessary pain and upset and worry. We don’t need a disruptor in No 10. We need an uniter.”

A former Cabinet member also believes the Prime Minister is likely to step down and said to the BBC: “People know that this is over – it’s a question of how and when.”

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