Calls for general election as Truss resigns

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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General Election NOW: Hospitality reacts to Liz Truss' resignation (UK Parliament 2022)
General Election NOW: Hospitality reacts to Liz Truss' resignation (UK Parliament 2022)

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A number of voices from the sector have rallied for a general election to save hospitality after Prime Minister Liz Truss stepped down yesterday (20 October) having served only 45 days in office.

This has kickstarted a contest to find the next Tory leader, with hopefuls needing to score the backing of 100 MPs by Monday afternoon. If there are two candidates, a winner will be picked by next Friday.

The Night Time Industries Association tweeted: “How many bites of the cherry can you have before you give the public the decision on who leads this country? #GeneralElectionNow”

Night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord tweeted: “PM Liz ‘I’m a fighter, not a quitter” Truss, has just quit.

“The same day a report confirms the hospitality sector is declining at its fastest pace since lockdown.

“Enough of this negligence. We need a general election.”

Return to stability

He said a general election was the only way to give the industry any chance of survival.

The Night-Time Industries Association also tweeted a poll asking its followers if a general election was needed. The overwhelming consensus so far is ‘yes’.

Truss’s resignation after only 45 days in office makes her the shortest-serving PM in UK history. In a speech outside Downing Street, she said she could not deliver the mandate on which she was elected, after coming into the role at a time of great national and international instability.

Who's the next PM?

Newly-appointed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has ruled himself out in contest to become PM. However, Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt are seen as contenders.

What’s more, Boris Johnson is reportedly flying back from the Dominican Republic to throw his hat into the ring. This comes after he resigned as Conservative leader​ in July after scandals like party-gate led to distrust from cabinet ministers.

Leader of the Labour party Keir Starmer said the British people deserved “so much better than this revolving door of chaos”.

He continued: “The British public deserve a proper say on the country’s future. They must have the chance to compare the Tories’ chaos with Labour’s plans to sort out their mess, grow the economy for working people and rebuild the country for a fairer, greener future.

“We must have a chance at a fresh start. We need a general election – now.”

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