Rishi Sunak Under Pressure to Rein in Liz Truss Amid Conspiracy Theory Controversy

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London (Parliament Politic Magazine) – The former prime minister has been blamed for a recent media appearance in the US where she claimed her economic strategy was “sabotaged” by the left.

Labour has urged Rishi Sunak to consider withdrawing the whip from Liz Truss after her arrival in the US sparked controversy. Anneliese Dodds, the chair of the Labour Party, blamed the former prime minister for “propagating conspiracy theories” and “associating with individuals who have praised the far right in our country.”

“That’s deeply disturbing, and we’ve not seen any action being taken,” Ms. Dodds informed Sky News. Ms. Dodds directed to a series of controversial appearances by Ms. Truss in recent weeks, including an address in Washington where she blamed US President Joe Biden for being “asleep at the wheel” and stating that he ought to be “kicked out” of the White House.

Ms. Truss had employed a talk at the Conservative Political Action Conference in the US to declare her efforts to slash taxes were “sabotaged” by the “administrative state and the deep state.”

The former prime minister – who only stayed 49 days in office after her mini-budget shocked the economic markets – has also been criticized for taking part in an interview with Donald Trump’s controversial former strategist, Steve Bannon, and remained silent as he honored the former leader of the far-right English Defence League Tommy Robinson as a “hero.”

Former Conservative chancellor Sir Sajid Javid was among those to condemn Ms. Truss for failing to question Mr. Bannon, writing on X: “I’d hope every MP would confront such a statement head-on. Liz should know better.”

Ms. Truss also argued in her speech that Conservatives are “now operating in what is a hostile environment” and that “left-wing elites” will be “aided and abetted by our enemies in China, Iran, and Russia.”

The senior Tory whined about how her attempts to rule the UK were foiled by “the left” and that the West has been run by the left “for too long” – despite the Conservatives having been in government since 2010. Ms. Truss claimed the left “did not accept” that they had lost at the election and “weaponized” institutions like the judicial system.

In a discussion with Mr. Bannon after her speech, she also stated she was ready to work with Nigel Farage, the former UKIP and Reform leader, to change the Conservative Party.

Labour’s criticism of Ms.Truss arrives at the same time that the Conservatives are consumed in a row over Lee Anderson, the outspoken MP for Ashfield and former deputy party chair who has already had the whip withdrawn after he claimed “Islamists” had control over London mayor Sadiq Khan and the capital city.

Directing to Ms. Truss, shadow paymaster general Jonathan Ashworth noted: “For a senior politician to spread such blatant conspiracy theories is incredibly damaging to our democracy, institutions, and social cohesion.

“For a former prime minister to make such remarks, while on an international visit to a country with whom the UK shares a special relationship which upholds liberal values is an unforgivable lowering of the office of the prime minister which lessens the United Kingdom’s standing in the world and needs to be acted upon.

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“It’s time to show some leadership and take on the extremists in your party. Liz Truss and Lee Anderson must no longer sit as Conservative MPs. Their words cannot go unchecked or unchallenged.”

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the Il24.it circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.