Pollster Sir John Curtice has outlined a roadmap for Prime Minister Liz Truss to save her job, warning that she is currently battling “deep unpopularity”. The comments come as the Prime Minister attempts to claw back support following the economic chaos that occurred in the wake of September’s mini-budget. Sir John told Express.co.uk that, as well as “winning the confidence” of MPs, she will also need to point out the “risks and difficulties” that would arise should they try to “unseat her”.
The pollster added: “Nobody wants to have another Tory leadership election.
“It’s a matter of whether or not those who are unhappy can agree on a successor, which I hear emerging very obviously as a reason why she is not necessarily going to be brought down particularly soon.”
Ms Truss, who has only been in office for 49 days, has seen plummeting approval ratings and has faced numerous calls to resign from within her own party.
Earlier today, deputy chair of the 1922 Committee of Backbench MPs William Wragg said he had submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Tory MPs Crispin Blunt, Andrew Bridgen and Jamie Wallis have all publicly stated they believe she should resign.
More than 100 MPs in total are reportedly ready to submit letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Almost all of the policies announced in the mini-budget have since been reversed since it was announced in September, with Mr Hunt on Monday saying that the basic rate of income tax will remain at 20p indefinitely – instead of being reduced to 19p.
Meanwhile, the cap on energy bills is guaranteed until April next year, but will then be reviewed.
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But so far, three MPs have publicly stated they will rebel against the three line whip.
Former energy minister Chris Skidmore, former sports minister Tracey Crouch and MP Angela Richardson have said they will be voting against the government’s wishes this evening.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Skidmore said: “As the former Energy Minister who signed Net Zero into law, for the sake of our environment and climate, I cannot personally vote tonight to support fracking and undermine the pledges I made at the 2019 General Election. I am prepared to face the consequences of my decision.”
Speaking at PMQ’s earlier today, Ms Truss reassured MPs that she is a “fighter not a quitter”.
This came after Sir Keir Starmer said the Conservative Party’s economic credibility is “gone”, claiming that Labour is a “Government in waiting”.
The Prime Minister faced down cries to “resign”, telling the Commons that she had “been very clear that I am sorry and that I have made mistakes”.
On Monday evening, Ms Truss apologised to the nation, telling the BBC: “First of all, I do want to accept responsibility and say sorry for the mistakes that have been made.”
She added: “I wanted to act, to help people with their energy bills, to deal with the issue of high taxes, but we went too far and too fast.”
Ms Truss also insisted that she would “definitely” lead the Conservative Party into the next general election, which is expected to take place in 2024.