Manchester United icon Gary Neville made a blunt X-rated request after Liz Truss announced on Thursday that she would be stepping down as prime minister after less than two months in charge. Truss succeeded Boris Johnson in early September but the Conservative party has been left in political turmoil under her leadership, and she gave a speech outside Downing Street where she announced her resignation from the post. “I recognise that I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party,” Truss said.
She will remain in charge until a successor is appointed by King Charles III, though many have suggested that it is time for an immediate general election. Former United full-back Neville was one of those calling for a public vote on the UK’s next leader, in a four-word message he posted on Twitter. “General F****** Election Now,” Neville wrote.
Labour leader Keir Starmer has also called for a general election, as Truss’ time in charge confirmed that she will become the shortest-serving PM in British history when her successor is appointed. There have previously been calls for Neville, who has a keen interest in British politics, to become a Labour MP in the future after he joined Starmer at the party’s conference in September.
The Sky Sports pundit, however, played down any suggestion that he would make such a drastic career change. “It’s something that I’ve been asked regularly over the last 12 to 18 months,” Neville admitted. “I’ve got no intention of going into politics at all because the reality is I love what I do so much.
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Neville has been a vocal critic of Truss’ policies during her time in No. 10, and on Wednesday before she had resigned called for a general election to take place. “This is unprecedented chaos that requires a General Election immediately,” Neville tweeted.
“Even the most loyal Conservatives are not having this mob! We don’t even hear about Education, Health and other critical matters anymore. It’s all about them all of the time!”
However the next prime minister is set to be determined by a Conservative party leadership contest, as 1922 Committee chairman Graham Brady said that he expects a leadership result by Friday next week with members to be included in the vote.