Richard Madeley says Liz Truss has 'completely lost control' in fiery interview
Richard Madeley was forced to hit back at claims that he’s got a ‘personal prejudice’ against Liz Truss, as he argued that she’s ‘clearly completely lost control’.
Along with co-star Susanna Reid, the Good Morning Britain host interviewed Tory MP Sir Christopher Chope on the ITV show.
Sir Christopher claimed that the Prime Minister has shown she’s in control, through such decisions as firing Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng.
Richard asked: ‘How can you possibly say Liz Truss is in charge when she’s had to sack her Chancellor and appoint another Chancellor who has, step by step, demolished everything that she said she stood for in the campaign that won her the leadership?
‘Virtually every single central plank of her political and economic thinking has been quietly and efficiently dismantled by that man that she’s appointed. How can you say she’s in charge?’
Sir Christopher responded: ‘Richard, I’m sorry, it’s a bit early in the morning to engage in insults but I must say, the very nature of your question demonstrates your deep-held prejudice against Liz Truss and the new Conservative government and I’m very sorry about that.’
‘You’re joking. I have no prejudice against Liz Truss,’ Richard responded.
Sir Christopher went on to claim that Ms Truss sacking Mr Kwarteng was an example of her being in charge, and that ‘yesterday Jeremy Hunt and she were discussing what’s going to happen today at Chequers and that is an indication that they are working together.’
He accused Richard of ‘sniping at the Prime Minister and undermining her authority.’
‘I’m not gonna spend too much airtime defending myself because I don’t care, I’m used to being attacked from various quarters but I can assure you, you’ll just have to take my word for this, but what I said about Liz Truss was a journalistic statement. It really wasn’t personal prejudice,’ Richard responded.
‘I feel rather sorry for her to be honest with you. What I’m trying to challenge you on is your statement that she’s in charge. That’s not a personal prejudicial question, it’s a statement of fact that she’s clearly completely lost control.’
Three Tory MPs have called on Ms Truss to resign.
The new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, revealed a complete reversal of Ms Truss’ original mini budget – emphasising the country could face a package of tax rises and spending cuts.
Mr Hunt has insisted the Prime Minister has learnt from her mistakes and the public as well as MPs can trust her.
He told BBC One’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg: ‘She’s listened. She’s changed. She’s been willing to do that most difficult thing in politics, which is to change tack.
‘What we’re going to do is to show not just what we want but how we’re going to get there.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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