Enfield MPs demand general election

The Conservative Party is currently choosing who will become the UK’s third prime minister in just four months – without any input from voters

Liz Truss resigning as Conservative Party leader outside 10 Downing Street
Liz Truss resigning as Conservative Party leader outside 10 Downing Street

Local MPs in Enfield have called for a general election after saying the Conservatives no longer have a mandate to govern from the British public.

Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned as Conservative Party leader on Thursday, just 44 days after her appointment, and Tory MPs are now deciding who should run in a ballot next week to replace her and enter 10 Downing Street.

But the new PM will be the second in a row to not have been elected by the British people. During her record-breaking short reign Truss had already ditched many of the key policies her predecessor Boris Johnson had been elected on in 2019.

All three of the borough’s Labour MPs are now calling for a general election.

Edmonton MP Kate Osamor said: “Enough is enough, we need a general election now. Liz Truss was never fit to be prime minister. The Conservative Party decided otherwise and we have all paid the price.

“In a week we will be on our fifth Tory PM in twelve years. The problem isn’t the person at the top, the problem is the Conservative Party.

“The Tories have no mandate for this chaos. My constituents are choosing between eating and heating while Tory MPs are choosing yet another prime minister.

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“The country is at a turning point, it’s time to let the British public decide how we move forward.”

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Enfield Southgate MP Bambos Charalambous said: “After twelve years of Tory failure, people in Enfield Southgate and across the UK deserve so much better than this revolving door of chaos. The Conservative Party has shown it no longer has a mandate to govern.

“We need a general election and a Labour government to sort out this mess.”

Enfield North MP Feryal Clark said: “This week we have seen, less than two months since her appointment, the resignation of Liz Truss as prime minister.

“This comes after Chancellor Jeremy Hunt tore up the agenda on which she got elected, and with which she tanked our economy.

“She has destroyed any credibility the Conservative Party had on the economy as working families see the cost of their weekly shop, utility bills and mortgage soar.

“We need a general election now. It’s time for this rudderless government to move out of the way and let us get on with the job.”

Broxbourne MP Charles Walker, a Conservative, vented his own frustration with the government on the eve of Truss’s resignation when he said: “I think it’s a shambles and a disgrace.

“I’m livid.”

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