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Politics / Time for a general election, MP says

Alistair Carmichael. Photo: Shetland News

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has called for a general election amid turmoil in the Conservative government.

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng was sacked on Friday following criticism of his ‘mini budget’ announced by the government in September.

New prime minister Liz Truss then held a press conference to confirm a U-turn on the decision to freeze corporation tax.

It came after the government admitted it would scrap plans to abolish the top 45p tax rate.

At Friday’s press conference Truss said she had no intention of standing down as prime minister – a role she was only appointed to last month. 

Speaking afterwards Liberal Democrat Carmichael said: “Liz Truss set out to reassure the public and calm the markets today by abandoning her flagship policies and cutting loose her chancellor.

“Neither the public nor the markets have been convinced. At a time when people across our country desperately need certainty and stability from their government, they are getting wave after wave of chaos from the Conservatives.

“Whatever your political persuasion, it is now clear: the Conservatives are ungovernable as a party and they cannot govern this country.

“This goes beyond political disagreements – the public have a right to a functional government. It is time for a general election.”

The last UK general election was held in December 2019.

Meanwhile Jeremy Hunt was appointed as the successor to Kwarteng.

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