First Minister demands General Election and slams Truss's resignation

Nicola Sturgeon has stuck the boot into after she announced her resignation this afternoon, making her the shortest serving Prime Minister in history.

The said a general election was a ‘democratic imperative’ and took aim at the turnover of Prime Ministers during her time in office.

Responding to a tweet questioning whether Sturgeon even had a formal meeting with the short-lived PM, she said: ‘If she doesn’t mind, I’ll now just wait for whoever will become the 5th PM (so far) during my time as FM.’

In scathing comments this afternoon, the SNP leader said the UK was paying the price for the ‘almighty mess’ left behind by the ousted Premier. 

She added: ‘For Scotland, the only way we get Prime Ministers in Government that a greater number of us vote for is to be independent and I think the democratic keys for independence are growing with literally every hour that passes.’ 

Nicola Sturgeon has stuck the boot into Liz Truss after she announced her resignation this afternoon, making her the shortest serving Prime Minister in history. Pictured, the pair at a service of Thanksgiving for the Queen in Edinburgh on September 12

Speaking to Sky News this afternoon, Sturgeon expanded on her concerns — not only for Scotland, but also the ‘broken UK political system’.

She said: ‘Well this is an almighty mess and it’s the people of the UK who are paying the price of this.

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‘I think Liz Truss’s early resignation as Prime Minister was probably inevitable the moment she walked into Downing Street. 

‘But Liz Truss isn’t the problem here, she’s the symptom of a much more fundamental problem — a broken Tory party? Certainly. But also a broken UK political system.

‘What needs to happen now? Well on a UK level there must be a general election. It is a democratic necessity. The idea that the Tories now can unite behind a Prime Minister — any Prime Minister — let alone one that is in the public interest is for the birds [useless].

‘Fundamentally, the UK needs to have a democratic choice over its next Prime Minister. There’s even ludicrous suggestions this afternoon that Boris Johnson is going to try and make a comeback.

‘So that’s what needs to happen immediately — and of course for Scotland that doesn’t really solve the fundamental problem because Scotland’s votes don’t determine the outcome of UK general elections.

‘So as long as we’re part of this Westminster system we’re always going to be vulnerable to getting Prime Minister’s we don’t vote for, implementing policies that we don’t support and doing real damage to the country.

The First Minister tweeted to her 1.5million followers: ‘There are no words to describe this utter shambles adequately. It’s beyond hyperbole — and parody’

‘For Scotland, the only way we get Prime Ministers in Government that a greater number of us vote for is to be independent and I think the democratic keys for independence are growing with literally every hour that passes.’

After a disastrous 44 days in No10, Truss is now the shortest serving PM in history. 

The next prime minister with the shortest tenure is George Canning, who served for 119 days in 1827 and died in office.  

Sturgeon — elected as Scotland’s First Minister in 2014 — condemned the current government as an ‘utter shambles’.

The First Minister tweeted to her 1.5million followers: ‘There are no words to describe this utter shambles adequately. It’s beyond hyperbole — and parody.

‘Reality though is that ordinary people are paying the price. The interests of the Tory party should concern no-one right now.

‘A general election is now a democratic imperative.’

In a speech outside Downing Street today, Truss admitted admitted defeat following crisis talks with Tory chiefs and confirmed her departure

In a speech outside Downing Street today, Truss admitted admitted defeat following crisis talks with Tory chiefs and confirmed her departure.

Revealing she had informed the King of her decision, she said: ‘I cannot deliver on the mandate…. I will remain as PM until a successor has been chosen.’

Truss — who insisted she was a ‘fighter not a quitter’ barely 24 hours ago — said the Tory leadership contest will be completed over the next week. 

She was watched by her husband Hugh as she gave the valedictory speech. 

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has also called for a general election.

He said: ‘It’s right that Liz Truss has resigned. But in truth, this entire Conservative government must go.

‘The next Tory Leader will have no mandate to be prime minister. We need a general election now.’

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