Liz Truss loses seat as ex-prime minister turns into largest scalp in Tory massacre | EUROtoday

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Liz Truss has misplaced her South West Norfolk seat in a humiliating defeat on the worst evening for the Conservatives generally election historical past.

The former prime minister squandered a 26,195 majority within the as soon as true blue seat, ending in second to Labour’s Terry Jermy by round 600 votes.

Suspense was constructing within the run as much as the declaration at round 6.50am, with Ms Truss absent from the stage for a number of minutes whereas rival candidates lined up on stage.

But when Ms Truss ultimately appeared on stage, Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister suffered the shock upset.

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Mr Miles gained 11,847 votes, with Ms Truss second on 11,217 and Reform UK’s Toby McKenzie on 9,958. On a devastating evening for the Conservatives, with a record-breaking 11 cupboard ministers and a handful of different large beasts dropping their seats, Ms Truss grew to become probably the most excessive profile scalp.

Her disastrous 49-day stint in Downing Street noticed her turn into an emblem of 14 years of Tory chaos and mismanagement, leaving her much more susceptible than colleagues reminiscent of Jeremy Hunt and James Cleverly who managed to cling on.

Ms Truss didn’t give a speech after dropping her seat. But she advised the BBC: “I think the issue we faced as Conservatives is we haven’t delivered sufficiently on the policies people want.

“And that means keeping taxes low, but also particularly on reducing immigration. And I think that’s been a crucial issue here in South West Norfolk, that was the number one issue that people raised on the doorstep with me.”

Asked whether or not she accepted some accountability for that, Ms Truss stated: “I agree. I was part of that. That’s absolutely true.

“But during our 14 years in power, unfortunately we did not do enough to take on the legacy we’d been left, in particular things like the Human Rights Act that made it very difficult for us to deport illegal immigrants. And that is one of the reasons I think we’ve ended up in the situation we are now.”

She stated “I’ve got a lot to think about” when requested whether or not she needed to remain in Tory politics.

Losing the seat meant Mr Sunak is the one Tory prime minister since 2010 whose seat continues to be Conservative, with David Cameron’s former Witney seat backing the Liberal Democrats, Theresa May’s Maidenhead additionally flipping to the Lib Dems and Labour gaining Boris Johnson’s previous Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat.

Ms Truss left the count without giving a speech after losing her seat
Ms Truss left the rely with out giving a speech after dropping her seat (Jacob King/PA Wire)

She had held the seat since 2010 and spent years as a backbench MP earlier than securing her first ministerial job as an schooling secretary throughout David Cameron’s stint as prime minister in 2014.

From there she rose by means of the ranks to turn into overseas secretary beneath Boris Johnson. After Mr Johnson’s downfall she gained the Tory management election by promising radical tax cuts and stronger financial development.

Her time in No 10 was arguably probably the most disastrous of any prime minister within the historical past of the UK. She lasted simply 49 days in Downing Street, having been pressured out when her mini-budget brought about turmoil within the monetary markets and despatched mortgage payments spiralling.

The beautiful defeat got here as Rishi Sunak led the Conservatives to their worst election defeat in historical past, with a document 11 cupboard ministers dropping their seats.

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng with Liz Truss at the Tory Party conference following his disastrous mini budget (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng with Liz Truss on the Tory Party convention following his disastrous mini funds (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Archive)

As polling stations closed at 10pm, the exit ballot predicted that Labour will win 410 seats, the Tories 131, the Lib Dems 61, Reform 13 and the SNP 10.

Johnny Mercer, Grant Shapps, Gillian Keegan, Lucy Frazer, Penny Mordaunt, Michelle Donelan, Alex Chalk, David TC Davies, Victoria Prentis, Mark Harper and Simon Hart are among the many Tory large beasts who fell as Sir Keir’s celebration swept to victory.

Ms Truss had sought to burnish her right-wing credentials and launched a memoir referred to as “Ten Years to save the West” wherein she blamed everybody however herself for her disastrous time as chief. While she was not anticipated to face herself, Ms Truss was additionally set to play a key function within the race to succeed Mr Sunak as Tory chief.

She attended the Conservative Political Action Conference within the US earlier this 12 months and took half in an interview with Steve Bannon, who served as a senior White House aide to former Republican president Donald Trump, and he or she remained silent as he hailed English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson as a “hero”.

Ms Truss has additionally backed Donald Trump to be the following president of the United States.

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