North Thanet MP makes call to ‘maintain stability’ in wake of Prime Minister’s resignation

Liz Truss has stepped down as PM

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale is calling for ‘stability’ to be ‘maintained’ following the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss.

The PM stepped down today (October 20) after just 44 days in office and turmoil including a mini budget U Turn, the sacking of short-lived Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng, the resignation of Home Secretary Suella Braverman and a tumultuous day in Parliament yesterday with claims of bullying over a fracking vote brought by Labour and the resignation – followed by an unresignation- of Tory chief whip Wendy Morton.

In her resignation statement she said: “I came into office at a time of great economic and international instability.

“Families and businesses were worried about how to pay their bills. Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine threatens the security of our whole continent. And our country had been held back for too long by low economic growth.

“I was elected by the Conservative Party with a mandate to change this. We delivered on energy bills and on cutting national insurance.

“And we set out a vision for a low tax, high growth economy – that would take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit.

“I recognise though, given the situation, I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party.

“I have therefore spoken to His Majesty The King to notify him that I am resigning as Leader of the Conservative Party.

“This morning I met the Chair of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady. We have agreed there will be a leadership election to be completed in the next week.

“This will ensure we remain on a path to deliver our fiscal plans and maintain our country’s economic stability and national security. I will remain as Prime Minister until a successor has been chosen.”

In a tweet North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale said: “Following the resignation of the PM we need to maintain stability and as a Parliamentary party get behind an agreed leader that can allow Jeremy Hunt who, as Chancellor, will not be standing for the Leadership, to continue the vital work that he is doing on behalf of the country.”

Sir Roger is not in favour of a return by former PM Boris Johnson who resigned from his role last month amid a series of controversies leading to mass resignations.

Sir Roger said on social media: “We need to remember that Mr Johnson is still under investigation by the Privileges Committee for potentially misleading the House. Until that investigation is complete and he is found guilty or cleared, there should be no possibility of him returning to Government.”


    • The guy who started all this, turned the public against him & was forced to resign after months on end of total insanity, which is what has happened to his successor?

      Afraid his charm wore off when people found out him & his pals were partying while they were being arrested by overzealous cops, not able to visit loved ones/dying relatives etc for breaking the rules he wrote, then lying about it, general incompetence/corruption & weeks of sending out his minions to lie for him on television, only for them to be contradicted by him hours later.

      Tories are toast-it is now the biggest gap since Blair in his prime, there needs to be a general election.

    • Yes indeed! He’s a man of vigor, call him crazy if you will but at end of the day he will get on with unfinished business!! You’re right Peter He was voted by the British people, we didn’t sent him off, his own party did, and he will be more qualified than Sunak. I hope Boris can fill that financial “hole” of £40 Billion pounds without making us suffer by cutting public expenses, so go Boris .

  1. After the mess she and Kwasi kwatang made of the mini budget, who are they gonna get to tell lies of destroy our economy like the last two it’s a shambles to say the least, there is one who can and would make things worse yep our own Craig Mackinlay god forbid if he got it,

    • I think you must be referring to Liz Truss here Big Chris, for a long time I have been trying to think of a character for her, and finally it came to me, she looks like a chicken! Nature can be very cruel, but for the next few days we have a headless chicken running the country!

  2. Think boris has just made a quick withdrawal (from america) and is heading back to Uk. Maybe larry the cat needs feeding.
    Politics is a funny old world, which costs us much +£. Were doomed !

  3. Call a general election and let the public decide and then hopefully get rid of all the Tory clown mp’s

  4. Personally I didn’t Trust Truss. Never thought she had enough experience and again personally I thought she used others to gain what little notoriety she attained. All of the deals were negotiated by her minions. She just signed the contracts. I suspect her local party will drop her like a ton of bricks when it comes up for re-selection.

  5. it sounds like someone has woke old roger up ? – they will all be your best friend and saviour soon when they want your vote = lets bring it on. ( and dont forget the last 12 years of these cretins )

    • I think they will have trouble beating the Lib Dems for the opposition spot at the next general election-especially if they somehow stumble on wrecking the country for another couple of years of this.

  6. The Tories would be well served to review what happened to the Tories, in the 1993 Canadian federal election. Kim Campbell taking over from Brian Mulroney, led the Tories from 169 seats in 1988, to 2 seats in 1993. That’s right, 2 seats. That equates to 8-10 Tory seats in the UK Parliament. I can’t envision the Tory core voting block abandoning the Tories to such an extent. Then again, Tories are tribal, blinkered and would vote in a garden gnome, if it wore a blue rosette.

  7. wot a bunch of incompetents if any one else wasted so much time ,money and had no proper way of making Britain great they’d be sacked scorned and shorn outta office but no this lot still cling on — unbelieveable

    • Considering our erstwhile South Thanet, isn’t a Thanet native and wasn’t even residing here when initially elected ( correct me on that nugget of information, if I’m incorrect), I imagine he’s likely not on the Isle to impart his intriguing take on the freewheeling Tory events of the day. It baffles me how a thoroughly working class area such as South Thanet, would elect any Tory. One assumes it has to do with the home owning block of voters trumping the politically indifferent working classes who are completely alienated or just disinterested in politics thus allowing our South Thanet Tory MP to win the seat.

        • Peter living in a pre-fab is not always a bad thing when I used to live in Belvedere there was two rows of pre-fab’s and I will always remember that one of the families were very educated she was a doctor and he was a respected Councillor so it matters not your where you were raised it’s what you make of life and your aims.

          • Chris, I’m certainly not saying it’s a bad thing, ditto such jobs as labouring on building sites. I’m just pointing out that I come from a real working class area, something that I don’t think Thanet is.

      • Both Thanet constituencies have always been staunchly Tory forever. Save for Steve Ladyman:s few years.
        Why? It has always been a rich man’s playground – Montefiore, the Duke of Northumberland, etc. – and, the Industrial Revolution and it’s politics never visited.

    • From his abysmal voting record, his posts here & his media appearances he doesn’t seem to have a clue about anything.

    • Shouldn’t Makinlay be producing one of his sycophantic and inaccurate articles this week? Or maybe he no longer knows who he needs to brown nose?

      • It’s usually fortnightly should be Monday I am waiting for my usual laughing session for five minutes until his usual victriol brings me back to reality as he believes he is loved by us his delusion has no boundaries.

  8. Is that the best he can do?
    Whoever was not chosen last time was not considered to be good enough – what’s changed, why is the third or fourth choice OK now?
    Surely it’s time for an election?

  9. The agenda is unBrexit. Nothing more.
    The Establishment must have its way.
    The change of monarch is not incidental either. What whisperings there had been from The Palace on the subject indicated that Her late Majesty was not averse to it. I suspect that the new monarch’s view is at variance with Brexit.

  10. You want stability stop listening to the old nags.
    Fill Mackinlay and Gale with concrete, it will make them stable and stop them uttering utter crap.
    For those who want Boris back think on this.He is a spender and hates Hunt who is supposed to be bringing in stability,what do you think the markets will do?
    The fogey element won’t mind because they don’t have mortgages to worry about,but if the economy is crashed,so will their pensions and house prices.

    • George Nokes filling a person with concrete is not very nice is it? As I suggested in another thread last week as your so knowledgable on everything from biomass plants to the latest being structural organisational issues in local government and health sector stand for Thanet Council next year. Now that would be entertaining especially if you were elected!

      • “filling a person with concrete is not very nice is it?”
        Neither is threatening to get a journalist beaten up.

      • I have done that got the t-shirt and I can genuinely say I made a better fist of it,than C & R.
        Ask yourself what have they achieved in Thanet over all those long years? The place is worse than ever and the condition of many who live in Thanet is deteriorating.That’s no kind of legacy.
        Most pub bores say they can do better than the PM. With Liz Truss, I think about 90% of the population of the UK could have achieved a better outcome.
        As for knowledge I read a lot of books you should try it sometime.
        If Craig or Sir Roger fancy a debate on any topic of the day, I would be happy to oblige them.
        As for concrete Laurence, I was referring to the figurative kind.As you seem to take things so literally, of course I would not encourage or support anyone doing something like that.Craig Mackinlay maybe as useless as a garden gnome,but that does not mean I want to actually turn him into one.
        Words have power for good and evil and sometimes saying inflammatory sentences encourages those who take things literally to do silly things,so leave the concrete mixer at home please,you know it makes sense.

        • ‘I have done that got the t-shirt’ I’m interested George which Council did you seek election to and were you successful in being elected? By the way I like many others read books, lived and worked in few different regions.

          • Yes,in my early days I was in foreign parts and I originally started out with a community health council and sat on a county council for several years.
            Why are you so interested?
            I wouldn’t sit on TDC for all the tea in China, it is dead from the neck down, it serves no purpose.William Morris once said ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’,TDC is neither.
            Without a TDC you cannot have a KCC, because it is too remote and lacking in drive and ability, hence an East Kent Council, which we would have had under Redcliffe-Maud, were it not for the fears of rural tories.
            The 27% who live in rural Kent wag the dog of local govt in Kent, leaving the 73% in urban areas with shoddy,complacent,uninspiring, local administration.

  11. Funniest thing that I’ve seen today regards this story was the straight faced female German tv newsreader today reporting the Truss resignation story and repeating “word for word” the 2 expletives from the female Tory chief whip last night when things were getting very out of hand when it came to the Tories voting on fracking
    I can’t quite see Fiona Bruce or Julie Etchingham repeating these swear words , although you never know as Ms Bruce is on Question time tonight ,but it is before 9 pm .Lol

    • Tonight’s episode of “ Have I got news for you “ have just replayed in full this funny scene of the German tv newsreader speaking in English the expletives spoken by the female Tory chief whip who was getting very upset with the Tory MPs behaviour on voting about fracking
      This is the same chief whip who resigned only to later “ unresign” again . Lol

  12. Sadlly the same 140k consevative party idiots that voted in johnson and then truss are going to decide once again who runs the country and its people. Of course we should have a general election

  13. We need a general election as soon as possible. Hopefully even thanet can be converted from mindless Tory loyalism

    • North Thanet in particular will need a decent local candidate first. I may be supportive of Starmer, but why would I vote for a Labour candidate that neither lives in the area or even bothers visiting while (supposedly) campaigning, as happened a few years back?

      • The Thanet labour party’s have not selected their choice of who will stand for north and south Thanet constituencies yet, Peter! Starmer is already an MP, in another constituency, so you won’t be able to vote for him, Duurh! The chocolate tea pot for South Thanet doesn’t live in his constituency and neither does the one for North Thanet, again Duurh!

  14. George Nokes. Fascinating response at 3.55pm to my earlier question as to your previous service as a Councillor. Sounds very mysterious ‘in foreign parts’ . Redcliffe – Maud 1969 or to give its full title the Royal Commission on Local Government an interesting tome. By the way didn’t a certain Thomas Daniel Smith aka Mr Newcastle serve on it? now whatever happened to him?

    Finally you ask why I am so interested in your local government service and where? Just interested that is all!

  15. The circus of the Tries trying to choose another leader is entertaining but it ignores the more existential problem for the party. That is, of course Brexit. The Tories have always been split on the subject – remember they campaigned to remain. However, following the referendum remainers were quite on the matter waiting to see if the promised benefits manifested themselves. Clearly those benefits did not materialise, the UK is not striding the world like a colossus, striking trade wonderful trade deals. In fact, we saw the UK economy shrink, investment fall and the union itself looking more precarious. Vociferous Brexiteers continue to make shrill noises but those close to the levers of power know full well that the gamble has failed. We will continue to see this dichotomy on Brexit split the Tory party apart – the problem is that it will mean more financial instability and mis-management of the country.

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