Nadine Dorries Has Demanded An Early General Election

The former culture secretary has accused Liz Truss of trashing Boris Johnson's legacy.
Nadine Dorries leaves Downing Street when she was culture secretary.
Nadine Dorries leaves Downing Street when she was culture secretary.
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Nadine Dorries has called for an early election as she accused Liz Truss of trashing Boris Johnson’s legacy.

The former culture secretary said there is “widespread dismay at the fact that three years of work has effectively been put on hold”.

She said the plans she had drawn up to sell off Channel 4, review the BBC licence fee and bring in an online safety bill had “all stopped” since Truss became prime minister.

Dorries - a close ally of Johnson but who also supported Truss’s Tory leadership campaign - said: “If Liz wants a whole new mandate, she must take to the coujntry.”

The next general election is not expected until 2024, and Truss has ruled out going to the country before then.

Dorries was offered the chance to keep her cabinet job when Truss became PM, but turned it down to return to the backbenches.

She has been tipped to enter the House of Lords in Johnson’s resignation honours list.

Dorries’s latest outburst comes after she accused the prime minister of throwing Kwasi Kwarteng “under a bus” for appearing to blame him for the 45p tax fiasco.

Her criticism comes amid mounting Tory anger at Truss and Kwarteng over the disastrous mini-budget.

The chancellor’s plans for £45 billion of unfunded tax cuts led to the value of the pound falling to its lowest ever level, sent the cost of government borrowing soaring and forced the Bank of England to trigger a £65 bailout of the pensions industry.

Kwarteng finally U-turned on his bid to slash taxes for the rich this morning following a Tory rebellion led by Michael Gove.

HuffPost UK has also learned that Tory MPs now want the government to commit to raising benefits by the rate of inflation, and to protecting public services from spending cuts.


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