Liz Truss labelled an ‘imbecile’ as sacked minister’s wife explodes

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Johnny Mercer’s spouse said the “system stinks” and “treats people appallingly” after he was removed from his role as Veterans Minister. Felicity Cornelius-Mercer admitted to “feeling bitter” about Ms Truss’s actions as she launched into a furious rant on social media.

Mr Mercer had been given the role just eight weeks earlier by Boris Johnson as he sought to build an interim Government following his resignation.

For the short stint, the Veterans Minister role was given a seat at the Cabinet table for the first time by the former Prime Minister.

The Plymouth Moor View MP is understood to have expected to have been allowed to carry on in the role regardless of who won the Tory leadership contest.

But last night he released a statement in which he said he had been “relieved of my duties” after a meeting with Ms Truss in her House of Commons office.

Ms Cornelius-Mercer tweeted: “He asked her ‘why would you do this, who is going to be better at this role than me, which of your mates gets the job, you promised a meritocracy?’

“PM – I can’t answer that Johnny.

“This system stinks & treats people appallingly.

“Best person I know sacked by an imbecile Liz Truss.”

She also shared a picture mocking Ms Truss as a character from The Muppets television show.

In a statement of his own expressing his anger, Mr Mercer said he was “disappointed” not to have been kept on.

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In a dig, he said he accepted the prime Minister is “entitled to reward her supporters”.

He also suggested he could quit the Commons, saying: “I have to accept that I will never possess the qualities required for enduring success in politics as it stands, and to be fair to my wonderful family, I must consider my future.”

He added: “I will be spending time with my family and doing no media requests.”

James Heappey was reappointed as defence minister and was given the role of minister for armed forces and veterans.

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Those close to Ms Truss rejected suggestions she had only appointed her supporters, highlighting she had given senior roles to five leadership rivals, Penny Mordaunt, Tom Tugendhat, Suella Braverman, Kemi Badenoch and Nadhim Zahawi.

Ms Truss’s press secretary insisted their inclusion was proof of a Cabinet that “will unify the party, get our economy growing and deliver for the British people”.

The new look team will meet for their first Cabinet meeting this morning.

Junior ministers are set to be appointed to their posts this afternoon.

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