GREEN MP Caroline Lucas has said the country should “buckle up” for a “rough ride” after Liz Truss was elected to replace Boris Johnson as PM.
The Brighton Pavilion MP predicted her leadership would be a “disaster” for the country and slammed her handling of the environment and the cost of living crisis.
Ms Lucas said: “Just as we see in Boris Johnson the back of a law-breaking, parliamentarian, abuse of office Prime Minister, in Liz Truss he is being replaced by a climate-damaging, alms-holding, anti-redistribution Brexit ideologue.
“She fought and will rule as a right-wing ideologue, which is a disaster for all of us.”
Just as we see Boris Johnson on the back of a law-breaking, parliamentary, office-abusing Prime Minister, he is being replaced by a climate-damaging, alms-holding, anti-redistribution, Brexit ideologue @trussliz
Buckle up, it’s gonna be a tough ride #ToryLeadershipRace
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) September 5, 2022
The Greens in Brighton and Hove City Council, meanwhile, have launched a petition urging the new Prime Minister to improve funding for public services.
Deputy Council President Hannah Clare said: “As our new Prime Minister, Liz Truss must make proper funding of public services her first order of business.
“As the cost of living increases, people desperately need your help. But the lack of funding from this Tory government is making it difficult for the services to achieve this.
“As a council we want to do everything we can to support people and have already made some important changes.
“These include setting up a contingency fund for living expenses, raising wages for the lowest-paid council employees and making the council tax break even fairer for the lowest-income households.
“We will continue to do everything we can to make Brighton and Hove a fairer place.”
Liz Truss defeated rival Rishi Sunak by 81,326 votes to 60,399 to win the leadership election and will replace Boris Johnson as prime minister tomorrow.
In her victory speech, Ms Truss said: “I know our beliefs resonate with the British people: our belief in liberty, in the ability to control one’s life, in low taxes, in personal responsibility.
“I know that’s why people voted for us in such large numbers in 2019, and as your party leader, I intend to deliver what we promised to those voters in our great country.”
She also pledged to come up with a plan to cut taxes and boost the economy, saying the Conservatives would secure a fifth term in the next general election in 2024.
Prime Minister Johnson and Ms Truss will fly to the royals’ summer residence at Balmoral to meet the Queen for the formal handover of power tomorrow.
Ahead of today’s announcement, Brighton Kemptown Labor MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle criticized the government’s inaction to tackle the cost of living crisis in the midst of the leadership election.
“We spent months observing ego competition in the Conservative Party when we needed a government to get a grip on the cost of living.”
Peter Kyle, MP for Hove and shadow minister for Northern Ireland, last week criticized Liz Truss’ plans to cut taxes to address the cost of living crisis, saying her plans were failing to address the problem many residents are facing .
He said: “The ideas they have put forward, such as tax cuts, will fail residents of our city because they do not directly address the crisis of food, energy and gasoline costs that are skyrocketing for working people will tackle.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20906213.brighton-mp-caroline-lucas-slams-new-pm-liz-truss/?ref=rss Brighton MP Caroline Lucas criticizes new Prime Minister Liz Truss