Former Cabinet minister Nadine Dorries has suggested that Liz Truss call an election if she wants to abandon key elements of Boris Johnson’s agenda.
In an outspoken attack, the staunch Johnson supporter said there was “widespread dismay” at the Prime Minister’s approach, which included decisions to reconsider ideas like privatising Channel 4 and eliminating the BBC licence fee.
Ms Dorries, who supported Liz Truss in the leadership election, seized on comments made at a Conservative conference fringe event by the author of the 2019 manifesto, who said the government had no mandate.
One of the manifesto’s co-authors, Rachel Wolf, predicted that the Conservatives would lose the next election and warned that Liz Truss’s government lacked a “democratic or parliamentary mandate.”
Ms. Wolf, the founder of the consulting business Public First, asserted that Ms. Truss’ victory in the Tory leadership contest was “significantly influenced by her decision to remain loyal to Boris,” but that her Government has now abandoned all of his principles.
Ms Dorries pounced on these remarks, tweeting: “There is widespread dismay that three years of work has been effectively halted.
“This was not requested. All signed off by Cabinet, all ready to go, all stopped. If Liz wants a completely new mandate, she needs to go to the country.”