Liz Truss has pulled out of a scheduled visit this afternoon, as she scrambles to stop a rebellion within her own party. No. 10 has not given a reason for the last-minute cancellation. The Prime Minister was expected to visit a British-owned electronics manufacturer at 4.30pm, during which she was meant to be taking questions from broadcasters.
At midday today, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson insisted the Prime Minister would be making the appearance.
Ms Truss told MPs at PMQs that she is a “fighter not a quitter”.
This came after Sir Keir Starmer said the Conservative Party’s economic credibility is “gone”, claiming that Labour is a “government in waiting”.
The Prime Minister faced down cries to “resign”, telling the Commons that she had “been very clear that I am sorry and that I have made mistakes”.
She is currently attempting to claw back support from MPs following the economic chaos that occurred in the wake of September’s mini-budget.
Ms Truss, who has only been in office for 49 days, has seen plummeting approval ratings.
The Prime Minister has faced numerous calls to resign from within her own party.
Earlier today, deputy chair of the 1922 Committee of Backbench MPs William Wragg said he had submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Tory MPs Crispin Blunt, Andrew Bridgen and Jamie Wallis have all publicly stated they believe she should resign.
More than 100 MPs in total are reportedly ready to submit letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Ms Truss met with her cabinet and moderate Tories in the One Nation group on Monday night in a bid to save her premiership, with the PM’s official spokesperson saying that she will be holding “regular” meetings with backbenchers going forward.
Earlier this week, Ms Truss’ new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced that almost all of the measures announced in her September mini budget will be reversed.
The basic rate of income tax will remain at 20p indefinitely – instead of being reduced to 19p.
Meanwhile, the cap on energy bills is guaranteed until April next year, but will then be reviewed.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused Ms Truss of being “in office but not in power”, meanwhile an ally of Mr Hunt was quoted over the weekend saying he could be seen as the “chief executive” while she was the “chairman”.
But the Prime Minister’s official spokesman insisted she was still in charge, adding: “She has been working closely with her Chancellor over the weekend to agree this approach.”