Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss announces a new political movement before the elections | Politics news
Former Prime Minister Liz Truss has unveiled a “People’s Conservatism” movement, urging the Conservative Party to shift to the political right.
Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced a new movement aimed at pushing the ruling Conservative Party further to the right of the political spectrum.
Truss – Britain’s shortest-serving leader, who has been in office for just 49 days – announced a “People’s Conservatism” movement on Tuesday alongside former business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg.
She said it’s time to listen to voters and return to traditional conservative values on issues like immigration, climate change and state regulation.
“The fundamental issue is that for years and years and years… the Conservatives have not confronted the left-wing extremists,” Truss said at the party’s launch.
“The problem is when we don’t know what we stand for, when we’re not willing to stand up for conservative values, who is willing?” she asked.
Truss blamed her party colleagues for trying to get “popular at London dinner parties” rather than standing up for conservative ideals and challenging “woke” and climate narratives.
Rees-Mogg attacked human rights legislation and criticized the “international elite”, adding that “the era of the Davos Man is over.”
Conservative Party Vice Chairman Lee Anderson, who also attended, said the British do not care much about achieving zero carbon targets.
Truss’s short time as Prime Minister was marred by a devastating micro-budget that sent the pound plummeting and affected financial markets.
Since leaving office, Truss has urged the government to cut taxes, ditch net zero liabilities and raise the retirement age from its current 66.
But it remains a deeply unpopular policy among the British public, which faces a cost-of-living crisis that economists say its budget was partly responsible for.
The Conservative Party, which has been in power for nearly 14 years, is currently trailing the opposition Labor Party in opinion polls ahead of a general election scheduled for later this year.
The creation of a new Conservative group in a party already divided over immigration and Brexit represents another hurdle for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his attempts to bring his party together before the election.
Last month, MP Simon Clarke, a Truss ally, urged Sunak to step down before the election. However, the new movement said it was not calling for Sunak to be replaced as Conservative leader.
Conservative People’s Director Mark Littlewood said the group was not set up to influence the party’s leadership and he wants Sunak to lead it into the election.
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