Liz Truss oversees a day of ‘utter chaos’
After another turbulent day for Liz Truss, newspapers across the country are unsurprisingly dominated by the “utter chaos” of the day’s events.
Both the Prime Minister – and the government – are on the brink of total collapse after Home Secretary Suella Braverman resigned shortly before chaos in the Commons over a fracking vote and confusion over whether the leader and deputy chief whip had resigned.
Grant Shapps was installed as the new Home Secretary and the government won its fracking vote – but events have only made Truss’ position as Prime Minister even more unstable than it seemed. ‘was already.
The fracking vote resulted in extraordinary scenes in Westminster, with Cabinet ministers Therese Coffey and Jacob Rees-Mogg among a group of senior Tories accused of pressuring colleagues into the lobby of the ‘no’, with former Labor minister Chris Bryant saying some MPs were ‘physically abused in another hall and bullied’.
Business Secretary Rees-Mogg insisted he had seen no evidence of abuse, but Tory MP Sir Charles Walker said what happened was ‘inexcusable’ and ‘a pitiful reflection on the Conservative Parliamentary Party”.
The Daily Mail focused on the Home Secretary’s departure and focused on a ’90 minute shouting match’ between Braverman and Truss for their front page.
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The newspaper reports that Braverman is “plunging the knife into the Prime Minister” accusing Truss of “vacillating on overt commitments such as reducing migration”, while describing the fracking vote as “chaotic”.
The Mirror simply summed up the day as ‘utter chaos’, saying Tory MPs had ‘turned’ on the Prime Minister.
‘Chaos’ seems to be the only word in town for much of the national press, as The Guardian reports that ‘chaotic fracking vote brings another revolt from mutinous Tories’, while The Independent said it was “another day of chaos”.
The Daily Telegraph said Braverman’s exit ‘shakes the government on the day of chaos at Westminster’, while it also reports that Cabinet ministers ‘would be ready to unseat Truss by the end of the week’.
The Times turned its attention to the new Home Secretary, highlighting how Shapps installed one of his “toughest backbench critics, who had previously appealed to MPs to consider oust”.
With a photo of Truss looking tired and withdrawn, The Sun headlined ‘Broken’ as it described his authority as ‘tattered’ and reported how Tory MPs were ‘bullied’ in last night’s ‘chaotic’ vote.
The Express said the scenes in the Commons were ‘shameful’, above the headline ‘Unbelievable! Suella resigns…then MPs brawl in lobby’.
Metro said the whole night had been a “Suellava mess”, reporting Braverman’s letter to the prime minister which said the government had “abandoned its promises to voters”.