Boris Johnson 'should come back as Prime Minister' says panelist
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Prime Minister Liz Truss has been urged to hold a snap general election in a new poll of Express.co.uk readers. She dismissed her Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday, replacing him with Jeremy Hunt in a bid to save her Premiership. A snap election could help Ms Truss win the support of the public to save her position.
Leader of the Liberal Democrat Sir Ed Davey has demanded an election be held as a result of Mr Kwarteng’s sacking, saying: “This mustn’t just be the end of Kwarteng’s disastrous chancellorship, it should be the death knell of the Conservatives’ reckless mismanagement of our economy. It didn’t suddenly start with Kwarteng but it must end now.
“People are angry, fed up and worried about the future. Most of all they are furious that Conservative MPs seem to think this is an acceptable way to conduct the government of our country in these difficult times.
“Enough is enough. It started with Boris Johnson failing our country, and now Liz Truss has broken our economy, it is time for the people to have their say in a general election.”
However, during Prime Minister’s Questions last week on October 12 Ms Truss ruled out the possibility, telling the Commons: “I think the last thing we need is a general election.”
In a poll that ran from 11am on Thursday, October 13 to midday on Monday, October 17, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Should a snap general election be called?”
A total of 4,186 people responded with the majority of readers, 58 percent (2,437 people) answering “yes” a snap election should be called.
A further 41 percent (1,701 people) said “no” the Prime Minister should not call a snap election, while just one percent (48 people) said they did not know either way.
Dozens of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts on calling a snap general election, with readers taking part in a lively debate.
Many argued in favour of a snap election, with username Slarti B writing: “If Truss continues to tear up the 2019 manifesto on which this government was elected and trash the UK economy as a result then yes.”
Username uncivilservant said: “If Tory MPs are going to keep undermining their leader and Truss is going to keep flip-flopping on her policy decisions and not repairing the damage of twelve years of blue labour government as a result then yes.”
Another, username hatetoryscum said: “Torys have had 12 years and look at the state of the country. General Election now. Let the people decide.”
And username jascat said: “I voted yes. If only to get rid of the current party. I, however, also have little faith in any of the alternatives.”
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Meanwhile, username Will-l am Not commented: “To cement trusses position YES.”
A debate on the matter had been scheduled for 4.30pm on Monday October 17 in response to an e-petition with over 630,600 signatures being nominated by the Petitions Committee.
Creator of the petition, Darrin Charlesworth, set up the petition in July after Boris Johnson’s resignation but it has since gained traction under Ms Truss’ leadership. He has demanded an “immediate general election so that the people can decide who should lead us through the unprecedented crises threatening the UK”.
However, other readers argued that the country did not need to have an election at the moment, with username snowleopard writing: “Absolutely not. We need to let Truss have some time for her policies to be put in.”
Username NWO3 said: “No! We can’t be having elections every day simply because some people won’t accept election results and MPs won’t accept their leader.”
While username Viking4 wrote: “No need to call a general election. No party wants it. What would it achieve, more chaos.”
And username Lesi said: “NO NO NO it’s the last thing we need besides the expense we cannot be without Government for weeks! An election is a huge expense that we cannot afford or need.”
UK Prime Ministers can only serve a five-year term until another election must take place. The next general election is not scheduled until January 2025, five years after former Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a snap election in December 2019.
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