Disputing Tories must rally Liz Truss around them or face slaughter in the next election

LIZ Truss admits she’s “not the best communicator.”

But yesterday’s keynote speech to party supporters was delivered with more authority and panache than was expected after a week of bludgeoning from her own party.

Liz Truss delivers her keynote speech on the final day of the Conservative Party's annual conference in Birmingham

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Liz Truss delivers her keynote speech on the final day of the Conservative Party’s annual conference in BirminghamCredit: Alamy
Labor leader Keir Starmer laughs as he delivers a speech outlining his party's plan to fight in the next election

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Labor leader Keir Starmer laughs as he delivers a speech outlining his party’s plan to fight in the next electionPhoto credit: Getty

There was a really warm welcome, huge applause over Ukraine and a standing ovation at the end.

Admittedly, the new prime minister preached to the choir. She was among the friends, the staunch grassroots supporters who actually voted for her, the first Tory PM from a swamp standard.

“My friends,” she smiled, arms outstretched, feeling reassured for perhaps the first time since arriving in Birmingham on Saturday, “these are stormy days.”

With the Tories trailing Labor and Liz by 33 points and hitting an unprecedented minus 59 per cent personal approval rating four weeks later, this may have underestimated the dangers ahead.

She even managed a smile as sneering Greenpeace protesters unfurled a “Who Voted For This?” Banners before being hauled out of the hall.

The speech barely touched on the Prime Minister’s biggest pitfall yet – her shrieking about-face over the 45p tax cut. “I listened,” she said – and went on.

There was no name verification for baby-faced assassin Michael Gove. No indication that she might kick him out of the party. No censure for Cabinet ministers who oppose plans for small power increases.

Britain and the rest of the world are mired in a debt-fueled post-Covid economic and energy crisis sparked by Kremlin tyrant “Mad Vlad” Putin, she said.

Drastic steps are essential to save our reeling economy and raise billions for the NHS, for schools, for the police and for defense against authoritarian regimes invading other peoples’ countries.

That means cutting taxes, cutting EU bureaucracy, curbing the money-guzzling state and letting the economy rip – basic Tory policy.

“There are three priorities for business – growth, growth, growth,” she said.

It’s certainly a motto etched into the DNA of every signing member of the Tory party, each of the 14 million who voted Conservative in 2019 and gave Boris Johnson an 80-seat majority.

But apparently not. Now, for some Tories, it’s easy come, easy go.

They seem as infatuated with taxpayers’ money as Labour, mesmerized by the £410B sprayed on lockdown, furloughs, track and trace and crooked corporate bailouts.

Didn’t Liz say she was ready to make herself unpopular?

Today we have a major job crunch with a million vacancies and pubs and restaurants crying out for staff.

But fit and healthy 50-year-olds have left the workforce and are taking early retirement, funded in part by welfare payments.

There are sensible suggestions that these should not be based on the higher inflation rate, but rather on average increases in income.

Yes, there will be shouts of protest – some from the Tory benches – but hasn’t Liz said she’s ready to make herself unpopular?

Almost any move to cut spending and credit, lower taxes, tackle welfare payments, build new homes or deal with illegal immigration will spark protests… from both Tories and Labour.

This is what Truss described yesterday as the “anti-growth coalition that has been herded from their north London townhouses into the BBC studios to preach more taxes, more regulation, more meddling”.

She may have been talking about being left-handed, but if the cap fits… This is a startling breach of discipline for a party whose secret weapon used to be unity.

Warring Tories must lay down their arms quickly and rally behind the best Prime Minister they have.

Trevor Kavanagh

To quote John Major, a previously embattled Tory PM, they have turned into a “circular firing squad”.

After 12 years in government, the endless war over Brexit, the pandemic and now inflation, the party is exhausted and ruthless. Amid the bloodshed there is nostalgia for other times.

As the liquor flowed on the eve of Lis Truss’s speech in Birmingham, somber ministers, MPs and “buyer’s remorse” delegates pondered how to “bring Boris back”.

Too late folks. You stabbed the only leader who could have saved your bacon.

What Liz Truss is offering, like it or not, is your last chance to step out of the abyss and hold your nerve until Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s growth agenda begins to bear fruit.

Within two years inflation will be under control, the pound stronger and, with the EU in worse economic troubles, Britain will be, to quote one City wizard, ‘the fairest pig in the slaughterhouse’.

Warring Tories must lay down their arms quickly and rally behind the best Prime Minister they have. Otherwise they face slaughter in the next election.

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