The Foreign Minister warned restless Tory colleagues against “ousting” another Prime Minister, as he suggested that a leadership contest would neither win the hearts of the British public nor calm the markets.
James Cleverly, a prominent supporter of Liz Truss during her campaign for the top ten, insisted that “the plan is not to make mistakes” but “they happen”, after the Prime Minister’s authority was hammered by a series of humiliating U-turns to quell the turbulence of the mini-budget.
He said he understands why people are “frustrated” with the Conservative leader, adding that the dire polls for the party are obviously “baffling” for the government.
But he said he was “far from convinced” of the benefits of another leadership campaign, warning against an “emotional response” from those “angry” at the current predicament.
Ms. Truss is preparing for a major confrontation with Sir Keir Starmer on Wednesday, having been forced to throw away her entire economic strategy.
He will stand against the Labor leader in the prime minister’s questions for the first time since his new chancellor Jeremy Hunt tore up his plan for tax cuts and increased public loans in an effort to reassure markets scared of the unfortunate mini-budget.
It comes amid darker news for the economy, with inflation returning to its 40-year high it hit earlier this summer.
The Prime Minister faces concern from conservative lawmakers over plans for public spending cuts in all departments after Mr. Hunt warned of “mind-boggling” decisions to plug the government’s multibillion-dollar financial black hole.
On Tuesday, the Downing Street admission that Ms. Truss could have abandoned the manifesto’s key pledge to raise state pensions in line with inflation sparked a quick backlash.
His official spokesman said he “does not make any commitments on individual policy areas” ahead of the Chancellor’s tax plan on 31 October.
In a sign of possible disagreement on the way, Tory backbencher Maria Caulfield promised she “would not vote to end the triple pension blockade,” with former minister Steve Double adding, “Neither do I.”
Cleverly said the government takes its program commitments “incredibly seriously,” but has refused to commit to raising pensions in line with inflation.
“We’ve seen that inflation data, obviously the Chancellor will make a statement in the House in just over a week,” he told Sky News.
“The decisions he and the Treasury team make will be very influenced by those figures.
“But as boring as it is … you know I’m not going to announce in advance any of the measures that might come in that statement on 31 (October).”
Former government minister Michael Gove said it was a matter of time before Ms. Truss was ousted from the post of prime minister and warned the British to expect “a lot of pain over the next couple of months”.
One of the factors that keep Ms. Truss in office, despite being forced to abandon the economic platform that made her elected as party leader, is the lack of an obvious successor.
Mr. Cleverly suggested that those who ousted Boris Johnson didn’t have a plan for what to do next, and many are now turning to the new Prime Minister.
He told Sky News: “What I am not convinced of – far from convinced – is that going through another leadership campaign, ousting another prime minister, will convince the British people that we are thinking of them rather than us. themselves or get the markets to stay calm and ensure that things like bond and gilt yields start to drop.
“Being angry, again, I understand perfectly. But this is an emotional response, not a plan. “
Asked how many more mistakes Ms. Truss can afford to make, she said, “The plan is not to make mistakes. You don’t say, ‘Well, you know, I have a number of mistakes I can make.’ We don’t aim to make mistakes.
“And actually the simple truth in life, in politics, in business, in life, is that mistakes happen. They happen. What you need to do is recognize when they happened and have the humility to make changes when you see things didn’t go your way. “
The shadow secretary of Labor, Lisa Nandy, replied: “I mean, this is a hell of a mistake.”
“They brought down the economy. They sent mortgage payments and rent increases skyrocketing. We are still seeing that huge volatility, interest rates are expected to rise again, “she told Sky News.
“People can’t take much more than this. It makes no sense, after spending the last two days in Parliament with conservative MPs questioning the government, that there is an agreement between this divided party on where to go next.
“They set the fire, certainly not the people who are going to put it out.”
Polls have continued to paint a bleak picture for Conservatives, with a poll conducted over the weekend finding that more than half of voters think Ms. Truss should step down as Prime Minister, while 80% blame the government for the increase in the cost of living.