Truss prepares for ‘bruising’ as she adopts charm offensive

Truss ‘in a difficult position’ says Simon Usherwood

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Ms Truss’s leadership has so far been tumultuous with harsh criticism from within her own party and widespread backlash from the public and financial officials following the latest mini budget. Following the infighting within her own party and concerns of a backbench rebellion, the Conservative leader has vowed to listen more to her MPs.

The Prime Minister will be greeted at Parliament on Wednesday for PMQs by protestors who disagree with a number of her policies and actions.

Twitter user @riotgrandma72 tweeted: “I shall be in Whitehall to exercise my democratic right to protest.”

Much of the protest surrounds the issue that a number of Brits feel that the Prime Minister should call a general election, so voters know Truss’ mandate, as it has changed from what they voted for in 2019.

The 30-point lead that the Labour Party is currently experiencing in polling from YouGov and other companies shows that the desire for a general election is widespread.

Alongside this, YouGov conducted polls assessing public assessments of both Keir Starmer and Liz Truss’ personal attributes.

The attributes assessed were competency, trustworthiness, likability, decisiveness, and strong leadership.

Truss woefully underperformed compared to the Labour leader with 65 percent believing the PM is incompetent compared to 32 for Sir Keir.

The Labour leader came out on top for every category of the poll, spelling concerns for Truss with people on Twitter relishing the idea of seeing the two at the dispatch box.

Twitter user @HanSparkle86: “Who’s ready to watch Liz Truss get a bruising from Keir Starmer tomorrow at PMQS?”

As a result, it is the Prime Minister’s priority to improve her public image and more importantly her status within the party and internal relations.

A Cabinet source told The Times: “We have got to show that we have learnt from the last few weeks. We need to reassure markets and engage more widely.”

Meanwhile, work and pensions minister Victoria Prentis told Times Radio: “What we need to do is focus a bit less on internal squabbling and a bit more on helping the country through some really difficult times.”

She added: “I now sense that there is a real feeling of the party getting back together.”

Following Truss’ vow to open a two-way dialogue with her MPs, the first marker of a shift in approach will come from how the Prime Minister addresses the benefits issue.

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Ministers are calling for Truss to back track on her plan to raise state benefits in line with earnings and instead raise it in line with inflation which is likely as she needs the support of her backbench.

Following PMQ’s, Truss will hold lunches with backbench ministers before she sits in front of the 1922 Committee in the evening.

A Downing Street source told The Times: “She wants to hear from them and listen to feedback from their constituents up and down the country.

“She gets that there is apprehension and will be stepping up engagement to make sure that she is able to bring the whole parliamentary party with her as we seek to unlock the benefits of economic growth.”

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