Truss reflects on ‘tough’ time in No 10 and ‘painful’ sacking of ex-chancellor

Liz Truss has reflected on a “rough” start to her tenure, admitting things have been “difficult” at Downing Street as her tax cut agenda has collapsed around her.

Faced with questions about her credibility at the top after a series of about-faces that culminated in the near obliteration of her economic plans, the prime minister acknowledged she had made “mistakes”, adding that things were not “perfect”. .

Speaking to the BBC, she said she cares about the country’s success “deeply” and that motivates her.

The Prime Minister looked a bit uneasy and defended the lean parts of her strategy that remain intact as she insisted the Tories must now look ahead.

Ms Truss became Prime Minister after winning the Tory leadership contest on promises to slash taxes, and abandoning politics entirely has left her fighting for her job after just six weeks.

“It wasn’t perfect,” she admitted.

“It was a difficult time and I think we did an interview before I got the job and I said it was going to be difficult because of the circumstances we are facing as a country.”

I think people realize that internationally we are facing a very serious situation, that there are serious economic headwinds, and they want a government and a conservative party to deal with itLiz Truss

Asked if her short tenure so far has been more difficult than she could have imagined, Ms Truss said she expected things to be “tough” – and they certainly did.

She added that it was “painful” to sack her longtime friend and former Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng after the chaos at the mini-budget market, but insisted her decision was the right one.

“It was right that we changed policy,” she said.

“It is right that we have a new chancellor. And now I’m determined to make it work.”

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Asked if her short tenure so far has been more difficult than she could have imagined, Ms Truss said she expected things to be “tough” (Daniel Leal/PA).

Faced with some somber briefings from her own MPs, Ms Truss said she didn’t think people wanted to hear about “internal discussions in the Conservative Party”.

According to a Redfield and Wilton Strategies poll of 2,000 eligible voters, Labor on Monday held a poll lead of 36 points, the widest for any party since October 1997.

Asked what she would say to colleagues who believe the party will lose because of their actions, Ms Truss said they should “focus on the people of the UK and how we are delivering for them”.

“We were elected in the 2019 Conservative Manifesto to upgrade our country, provide more opportunities and deliver our public services,” she said.

“That’s what I’m concentrating on. And I don’t think people want to hear about internal discussions in the Conservative Party.

“I think people recognize that we are facing a very serious situation internationally, that there are serious economic headwinds, and they want a government and a conservative party to deal with it.”

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