Johnson urged to come back as Truss gets scathing reviews on U-turn

Conservative Yorkshire voter says 'bring back Boris'

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Voters in the long-standing Conservative seat appeared unimpressed with Liz Truss’s performance so far, with one constituent going as far as calling on the party to “bring Boris back.” The Prime Minister was forced into a dramativ U-turn on Monday after MPs threatened her with a humiliating defeat over Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget proposal to scrap the 45p tax rate. Speaking to GB News, one voter in Beverley said: “I don’t trust one of them. They’ve never done nothing for me, I’ve never had anyone offer anything and what I have had I’ve had to pay for.”

Another added: “Bring back Boris. He’d be better than the other lot, that’s my opinion.”

One member of the Beverley Conservative Club admitted there is widespread concern about the lack of concrete support to Britons struggling with growing bills.

He said: “We’re pretty worried about the huge energy bills and what’s going on. To be quite honest, it’s a bit frightening at times.

“As far as the Government goes, it’s chaos as far as I can see.”

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Another voter added: “They could’ve done a lot more people on low incomes and the retired, to be honest. It seemed to be aimed at the people…the people who are going to benefit most from the tax cut, really, are the well off.”

One woman on the high street expressed concern about how the financial uncertainty facing the UK will affect her pension pot.

She said “As a pensioner, I’m worried about out future because our pension pots are going to be affected big time.

“That will affect us and my children as well. Interest rates, I worry for the old and the young.”


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Another man questioned the decision to remove the 45p tax rate when the well-off should instead be targeted to best support struggling taxpayers.

He said: “I think they’re going about it the wrong way. Tax people who are earning extortionate amounts of money and reduce the bills.”

And another woman said: “Yes, there’s been these little handouts regarding fuel payments to help with the cost of living but what’s the long-term? What are they actual going to do? Can we trust them?”

Former Cabinet minister Nadine Dorries said there was “widespread dismay” at Liz Truss for ditching key parts of Boris Johnson’s administration’s agenda and suggested the Prime Minister should call an election.


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She said: “Widespread dismay at the fact that three years of work has effectively been put on hold.

“No one asked for this. C4 (Channel 4) sale, online safety, BBC licence fee review, all signed off by Cabinet all ready to go, all stopped. If Liz wants a whole new mandate, she must take to the country.”

On Monday, Chancellor Kwarteng suggested he told the Prime Ministerthey needed to U-turn on the abolition of the top rate of income tax for the highest earners.

Mr Kwartent told BBC Breakfast that “the Prime Minister decided not to proceed with the abolition of the rate”.

When pressed if it was her U-turn, he said: “No, we talked together, I said this is what I was minded to do and we decided together, we were in agreement that we wouldn’t proceed with the abolition of the rate.

“The conversation about the 45p rate was this terrible distraction really from what was a very, very strong plan and I’m very pleased that we’ve decided not to proceed with that because it was drowning out the elements of an excellent plan.”

Mr Kwarteng defended the delay on the reversal, saying: “We can always have a debate about when we could’ve made the decision but the important thing is we’ve made the decision and we can now move forward with making the push for the growth plan.”

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