Furious Vine caller savages Labour general election hopes

Vine caller savages Labour election prospect sparking row

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Fallout from the Chancellor’s mini-budget has sparked some calls for an early general election in a bid to oust Liz Truss from leadership. The new Prime Minister, who only entered Downing Street at the beginning of September, has come under fierce scrutiny for her economic policy as the cost of living crisis batters homes across the UK. Divisions within the Conservative Party have sparked further turbulence, much to the delight of the Labour Party as Sir Keir Starmer eyes Number Ten. However, some concerned voters have urged the Prime Minister to stand strong amid fears a new Labour Government could plunge the nation into worsened economic turmoil.

One caller, named Richard, phoned into the Jeremy Vine show to air his frustrations over calls to rush forward with a general election.

He asserted: “Liz Truss should not back down. If we go into another recession, we’ve ridden out loads of recessions in this country. 

“If she does back down on these tax-cuts and do a complete u-turn, that is going to make the country skint – even more that what people are predicting right now. 

“It will totally and utterly destroy the government. It will give Labour an opportunity to hot foot straight in, which would absolutely put us in an even worse place.”

The caller added: “After the mess they left in the Treasury 12 years ago – no way.”

A petition on the Government website calling for a general election has already generated a huge amount of public attention, securing over 580,000 signatures.

As customary, once the petition passed 10,000 signatures, the government was required to issue an official response.

The statement read: “The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act 2022 provides that Parliament is automatically dissolved five years after it first meets (unless it is dissolved sooner), otherwise the timing is a matter of discretion for the incumbent Prime Minister (subject to re-established constitutional conventions).”

Concerning the performance of Liz Truss in particular, the statement added: “The Prime Minister is determined to address the challenges the country faces and ensure opportunity and prosperity for all people and future generations.”

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Since the Government response was issued, the petition has now surpassed well over the next bracket of 100,000 signatures.

This means the petition now qualifies to be debated in Parliament, with the discussion scheduled for the 17th October.

The petition demands the general electorate should be given a fresh opportunity to vote on who leads the country through “the greatest set of challenges we have seen in our lifetimes”.

The latest date for the dissolution of Parliament is set for December 2024. A general election is typically held 25 working days after this date, scheduling the next general election for January 2025, providing the current government serves the full term.

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Liz Truss was confronted with demands for a general election during discussion in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Addressing the Prime Minister, Labour MP Matt Western declared: “The country has been left wanting divorce. In two recent polls, 60 percent of this country wants an immediate general election.”

He asked: “The Prime Minister claims she is in listening mode, will she give way to the public?” 

Ms Truss answered the question in a both prompt and decisive manner: “I think the last thing we need is a general election.”

The matter was not discussed any further as Prime Minister’s Questions concluded.

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