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Nottinghamshire Conservative MPs call for stability after PM quits

Conservative MPs in Nottinghamshire are calling for stable governance upon the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss after 44 days in office.

Ms Truss had met with Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, just hours before she announced she would be stepping down because she was unable to deliver the mandate her peers elected her on.

MPs and councillors across Nottinghamshire are voicing their opinions.

Mansfield MP Ben Bradley (Con), who is also the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I didn’t call on Boris to go, I didn’t back either of the final options of candidates, I haven’t sought to drag down this Prime Minister, I’m cracking on trying to get key local priorities heard and key projects delivered.

“I wish I had more power over it, that would be simpler, but as I have said, I have played no part in the actions that created this chaos, none of it was my preferred choice.

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“I am just one of 350-odd MPs with a voice in this, so I cannot ‘fix’ it either.

“I just want a stable, Conservative approach that allows us to deliver for people.”

Brendan Clarke-Smith (Con), MP for Bassetlaw, seemingly retweeted a post on Twitter concerning the return of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while Tom Randall (Con) for Gedling and Darren Henry (Con) for Broxtowe remained tight-lipped.

Labour MPs in Nottingham said “good riddance” to Ms Truss.

Clifton West Cllr Andrew Rule (Con) said the last few weeks had been “a distraction.”

He said: “The Party now need to quickly select a new Leader to unite the party and get back to the business of governing the country, progressing the Levelling Up agenda and devolution deal for Nottingham and the wider East Midlands region.”

 

Mr Norris, the shadow levelling up minister, said: “Liz Truss’s legacy is increased mortgage bills for Nottingham people.

“We don’t need yet another Conservative Prime Minister, we need an election and a new government.”

Lilian Greenwood said: “Liz Truss may have resigned, but my constituents in Nottingham South deserve so much better than the Tory chaos she’s leaving behind.

“We’ve had 12 years of Tory failure, starving our local services, communities and schools of funding, pushing our NHS to breaking point, and creating a cost-of-living crisis.

“Now, they have crashed the economy so badly that people face paying an extra £500 a month on their mortgages – on top of sky-high prices and record levels of taxation.

“Many of my constituents have been in touch, desperately worried about how they will cope this winter.

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“The damage to our country will take years to fix.”

Nadia Whittome (Lab), who represents Nottingham East, posted on Twitter: “Liz Truss is gone. Good riddance.

“Liz Truss will go down in history as one who crashed the economy during an already devastating cost of living crisis, by giving handouts to the rich.

“Everyone who put her in power is responsible for this.”

 

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