Harlow councillor who backed Liz Truss responds to resignation news

Politics / Fri 21st Oct 2022 at 08:09am

COUNCILLOR Joel Charles, who represents Old Harlow Ward, has responded to the resignation of the Prime Minister:

Cllr Charles said: “I know that residents want the Government to focus on what matters most to them, tackling the cost of living by bringing down inflation and providing reassurance that fiscal discipline is at the heart of every decision made when forming economic policy in the future.  

“The resignation of the Prime Minister at a critical time means it is imperative that a new leader is chosen quickly to provide the direction and sense of purpose the country needs right now.

“I am a low tax Conservative. That was one of the reasons why I supported Liz Truss, but it is important to balance growth ambitions with a compassionate approach that puts the most vulnerable in our society first. Liz Truss took the right decision by announcing her resignation.

“It is in the national interest that politicians at a national level focus on governing as part of a united front to address the pressing issues facing all of us this winter.

“I want the Conservative Parliamentary Party to get behind a single candidate to lead the country forward. Leadership is what matters now, infighting will further damage the hard-earned credibility our democracy is built on.”

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5 Comments for Harlow councillor who backed Liz Truss responds to resignation news:

David Carter
2022-10-21 08:49:32

Well said Joel We need a leader who all MPs get behind and get our country back on track

2022-10-21 09:15:54

There’s being a low tax conservative and there’s being utterly pig headed and blind to economics. The warnings were all there, even Rishi Sunak said this would happen. You can’t fill a void to lower taxes when the money still needs to be paid, we’re not in that situation. While I feel now is not the time for a general election, as this will only add more uncertainty and quite frankly nobody can do anything differently anyway with the situation we are in, conservatives who voted for Truss need to own up and see that their selfish me first lower taxes do not apply now. If you want to do what’s right for the country, yes get behind a leader, but do the right things, not the popular career politician things. This isn’t the time for low taxes, drop it. This is the time for paying back and it’s going to be tough, but we need to manage it well, not speak about ambitions that we cannot afford

2022-10-21 10:17:31

"Never in the field of British politics has so much damage been done to so many by so few" I think this is an appropriate quote when talking about the Tory Government and its affect on the ordinary people of this country over the last 12 years.

Nicholas Taylor
2022-10-21 10:55:59

So who is that David? Simple fact is, in the first ballot Liz came third and when members of the Party voted, more people voted for Rishi or did not vote at all, than voted for Liz. Cutting taxes was never the way forward, indeed the same can be said about what your party did locally, it means either raiding reserves, cutting services or borrowing money. The financial markets warned what would happen as did Rishi if Liz was to implement her plan. Joel and all who supported her got it all wrong.

Jo Clack
2022-10-22 05:01:34

Hey Joe, what part of being elected to serve people gives you the right to treat them as stupid? People are in need of real action and support, not greasy platitudes and patronism.

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