Brummie comedian Joe Lycett has announced who he thinks should run to be the next leader of the Conservative Party after Liz Truss resigned as Prime Minister earlier today (Thursday, October 20).
Ms Truss has stepped down after just 44 days in office. The new Prime Minister will be announced on Friday, October 28. Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak and incumbent Leader of the House of Commons, Penny Mordaunt, are the two favourites to replace Liz Truss.
Joe Lycett has been one of Truss’ most vocal critics, regularly posting hilarious commentary and asides on his social media accounts as her leadership of the Conservative party unfolded.
He is appearing at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham tonight - the show is a sell out, if you were hoping to catch him and haven’t got tickets, you’re too late - but ahead of going on stage, he tweeted his response to Truss’ announcement that the next PM would be announced in a week’s time.
Tagging Ms Truss in his tweet, he wrote: “omg just heard there’s a leadership election nxt week????? u shud run babe youd be perfect!!!”
The comedian has been in the headlines in recent weeks following his appearance on Laura Kuenssberg’s BBC show in which he made some gags about Truss just before she became PM.
Lycett - who is no stranger to controversy - had jokingly said during BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg that he was “very right-wing” and felt “reassured” following Truss’ fairly calamitous live interview with Kuenssberg ahead of the show.
Following the interview, the Daily Mail ran a front page which read: ‘Now BBC comic mocks Liz Truss’. Lycett responded in typical fashion, by having the front page framed in his house, as you can see from the Tweet below.
It’s safe to say Lycett may not be the biggest fan of the Conservative Party or Ms Truss.
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