Liz Truss Vows to Push Pro-Growth Agenda Despite Previous Leadership Setbacks
Liz Truss, the former prime minister, has announced her determination to continue pushing the Conservative Party policy to adopt her pro-growth agenda, despite being forced out as leader following her disastrous mini-Budget last year. On the anniversary of her fiscal statement, Truss launched a passionate defense of her time in power, renewing her attacks against what she calls the “anti-growth coalition,” even within her own party. Despite her catastrophic tenure, Truss has spent the past year attempting to rebuild her reputation and has notably formed a new group of Tory MPs named the Conservative Growth Group, although many of her former aides are no longer working with her or involved in politics.
Rebuilding Her Reputation and Focusing on Foreign Affairs
Over the past 12 months, Liz Truss, now 48 years old, has made various speeches and policy pronouncements, largely focusing on foreign affairs, particularly regarding China and its perceived threat to the West. However, her recent speech marked her first major public intervention on domestic policy. Truss reiterated her case for implementing cuts to benefit rises and taxes, as well as plans to scrap net-zero proposals, which she believes will lead to a 3 percent increase in growth over the next decade.
Breaking the Economic Consensus
In her speech, Liz Truss highlighted her belief that the economic consensus of the past 25 years has led the country to a period of stagnation. She called for the shattering of this consensus to prevent further problems in the future. Truss argued that by adopting a more pro-growth policy, the country can overcome its current challenges and achieve a brighter economic future.
Unabated Appeal to the Right and Tory Grassroots
Truss’s appeal to the right wing of the Conservative Party, as well as the Tory grassroots, remains strong. She has been inundated with invitations to speak at local Tory party associations and gala dinners, although she is unable to accept all of them due to the sheer volume of requests. It’s worth noting that when given the choice between two candidates last summer, the party membership chose Truss over Rishi Sunak.
Upcoming Conservative Party Conference and Truss’s Policy Vision
Despite the rocky road she has traveled, Liz Truss will break with convention and speak at the upcoming Conservative Party conference in Manchester next month. It is expected that she will once again outline her vision for the government to adopt a more unapologetically pro-growth policy package. Truss firmly believes in policies that will transform the country and improve people’s life chances, drawing from the country’s decisive votes for big changes in both the EU referendum and the election of Boris Johnson in 2019.
Strengthening her Policy Platform and Future Plans
Alongside her speeches, Liz Truss has established her own think-tank, the Growth Commission, comprising 13 like-minded international economists. Together, they will develop policy plans that Truss will champion as the Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk. Furthermore, a book promoting economic change in the West, akin to the Reagan and Thatcher administrations of the 1980s, is set to be published in April next year.
Opposition and Dismissal by Centrist Tories
Notably, Liz Truss’s plans have faced criticism from more centrist Tories, including Rupert Harrison, a former adviser to George Osborne and prospective Tory MP. Harrison dismissed Truss’s call for tax cuts, highlighting the turbulence caused in pensions markets after her previous mini-budget. Despite such opposition, Truss remains determined to push her pro-growth agenda forward.
In conclusion, Liz Truss’s continued efforts to champion a pro-growth policy agenda within the Conservative Party demonstrate her determination to bring about economic change. Her appeal to the right of the party and Tory grassroots remains strong, as evidenced by the invitations she regularly receives to speak at local events. With upcoming appearances at the Conservative Party conference and the publication of her book, Truss is steadfast in her pursuit of policies that will transform the country and improve the lives of its citizens.