Liz Truss resignation: The people of Birmingham react on next Prime Minister plans and general election calls

It’s all change at Parliament again - just 44 days after she took over as Prime Minister Liz Truss has resigned - what do the people of Birmingham make of the British government and what needs to happen next? We take to the city centre streets to find out

Humiliating is the word used frequently across to describe Liz Truss’s performance as Prime Minister. And now she has resigned - which many considered to be inevitable.

Liz Truss’s leadership was fraught with controversy. The majority of the policies she ran her campaign on were overturned. There was mutiny in her own party who overwhelmingly believed she should step down. And today (Thursday, October 20) she has stepped down. A climate of economic turmoil and political instability pervaded her brief premiership, across the UK - so we ask Brummies what they make of her resignation and they expect to see for the future of our country will Boris Johnson or Rishi Sunak take over?

‘We want a general election’

Matt says: “I think it was the right decision. In my opinion, we should have had a general election rather than having a new conservative leader. And this just seems like the reasonable outcome of 0.3% of the population voting in a leader. I think it was always gonna be a catastrophe. And that’s just what’s been proved.”

Jim, Matt & Ash give their views on Liz Truss’ resignationJim, Matt & Ash give their views on Liz Truss’ resignation
Jim, Matt & Ash give their views on Liz Truss’ resignation

‘Very concerned at the moment’

David says: “Yes, I think she’s just made a mess of everything at the moment. So I’m not very happy about the way the country has been run. I don’t think she’s got the support that would be needed by a government minister, Prime Minister. And it’s probably the best solution all around.

“Much will depend now on who comes in, takes the place of what their policies will be on what they’re going to do. There’s a lot of uncertainty. Uncertainty breeds concern. So yes, very concerned at the moment.”

‘Don’t repeat the same old problems over again’

Jim says: “It’s about moving forward, isn’t it? It’s about developing as a country and and I think looking internally will be the most effective way to make change rather than just trying to repeat the same problems over and over again.”

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