Following Liz Truss’ resignation as United Kingdom’s prime minister on Thursday, the opposition once again called for a general election as the nation struggled to find a stable government. She announced her resignation yesterday, barely six weeks after taking office, creating history’s shortest-serving British prime minister.
After resigning and admitting she could not deliver the mandate on which she was elected, she stated, “I have therefore informed His Majesty the King of my decision to step down as Conservative Party leader. I took office during a period of significant economic and global unrest. While Putin’s fierce conflict in Ukraine threatens the security of our entire continent, and our nation has been held back for too long by slow economic growth, families and businesses were concerned about how they would be able to pay their bills.”
A disagreement among the minister in her cabinet over the mini-budget policy she introduced led to her resignation. The reversed strategy included a number of unfunded tax cuts and would have added $48 billion in taxes to the UK’s economy. The appointment of a new Prime Minister is scheduled for the following week. Ben Wallace, Kemi Badenoch, Suella Braverman, Rishi Sunak, and Penny Mordaunt are the top contenders to replace Liz Truss as the next prime minister. In six years, three Prime ministers have been changed.
The Labour party leader, Keir Starmer, said, “The British people deserve so much better than this never-ending cycle of turmoil after 12 years of Tory incompetence. We need a general election immediately. Each problem was created in Downing Street but paid for by the British. Every one of them has made our nation weaker and less fortunate”.
He added, “The people should be given a fair say in the future of their nation. They must have the opportunity to weigh the instability caused by the Tories against Labour’s proposals to clean up their mess, boost the economy for working people, and reshape the nation for a fairer, more environmentally friendly future. We must be allowed to start over. A general election is necessary”.