Tory MPs have told Liz Truss she is “in office but not in power” after a miserable day in Parliament.
The Prime Minister has promised to lead the Conservative Party in the next general election, but the ‘men in gray suits’ are circling Downing Street after their disastrous mini-budget was blown to pieces by their newly installed Chancellor.
Ms Truss was dubbed a “ghost PM” as she sat quietly behind Jeremy Hunt yesterday as he wreaked havoc on her financial plans in the House of Commons.
There are now reports to suggest that Penny Mordaunt, who confirmed Ms Truss was “not hiding under a desk” when representing her on Keir Starmer’s urgent issue, is plotting a coup with Rishi Sunak.
It is said that the former Chancellor hopes to return to the Treasury under Mrs Mordaunt as leader, but this has been denied by both MPs.
After her bomb day, Ms Truss apologized for her “mistakes” and admitted her tax cut plan had gone “too far and too fast”.
“I want to take responsibility and apologize for the mistakes that have been made,” she told the BBC.
“I expected it to be difficult and it was difficult, I think it’s fair to say.”
A Downing Street source told the Mail the PM faces a “critical” few days to remain in power.
Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee, is said to have warned Mrs Truss that dozens of her MPs want her to go.
Former Minister Mark Garnier heaped contempt on her position, saying she was “in office but not in power”.
He added: “The question is, do we give her a chance or do we rip the cast off?”
Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey was dispatched this morning to defend his boss, insisting she is doing a “good job”.
He told Sky News: “She’s very much our Prime Minister and for what it’s worth I think she’s doing a good job.”
This morning’s newspapers will be painful reading for the Minister and for Mrs Truss, who has been widely condemned and called a ‘lame duck’.
The front page of the Daily Mail ran the phrase “in office but not in power”.
In it, an editorial went even further, urging “wise Tories” to decide their fate quickly.
“It is time for the wise men and women of the Conservative Party to decide if the loss of faith in Miss Truss is final,” she wrote.
“If so, they must come to a solution – and quickly – that can win the support of MPs and the millions of Tory voters who are watching in horror.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/10/18/liz-truss-told-she-is-in-office-but-not-in-power-by-her-own-tory-mps-17583554/ Liz Truss has said of her own Tory MPs that she is "in office but not in power".