Thursday 6 October 2022 10:40 PM Liz Truss has been warned over 'unforced errors' trends now
Cabinet ministers have warned Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng to end the ‘unforced errors’ that wrecked the Conservative Party’s annual conference.
One said the Chancellor had been taught a ‘very painful lesson’ over the ‘botched’ handling of the emergency Budget, which led to a dramatic U-turn over plans to scrap the 45p top tax rate.
Another blamed the Prime Minister for the Cabinet infighting over plans to squeeze the benefits bill, saying ministers had not been given any guidance from No 10 over what the Government was trying to achieve.
The Tories’ annual gathering in Birmingham was overshadowed by U-turns and infighting, with ministers squabbling in public and Home Secretary Suella Braverman accusing Michael Gove of attempting a ‘coup’.
Liz Truss' first month as Tory party leader has been dominated by U-turns and infighting
Her chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, pictured, was forced to reverse a controversial plan
The Tories’ annual gathering in Birmingham was overshadowed by U-turns and infighting, with ministers squabbling in public and Home Secretary Suella Braverman accusing Michael Gove of attempting a ‘coup’
A Cabinet source said that Mr Kwarteng had botched his emergency Budget by failing to prepare the ground for his £45 billion tax-cutting plan at a time when the Bank of England is struggling to hold down inflation.
Last month’s statement from the Chancellor triggered a sudden slide in the pound and was blamed for sparking a big jump in the cost of government borrowing.
‘Kwasi has had a very painful lesson – I just hope he’s learned from it,’ the source said.
‘There’s a good case to be made for scrapping the 45p rate but now is not the time and, in any case, he didn’t make it.
‘He’s been telling us