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Regional dailies demand General Election after Truss downfall

Regional dailies have called for a General Election following the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Both Newcastle daily The Journal and Stoke-on-Trent daily The Sentinel splashed this morning on the call after Ms Truss resigned just 44 days after taking office, making her the shortest-lived PM in history.

In a leader column, the Yorkshire Post also backed an election after the Conservative Party announced it will install a new leader by the end of next week.

On its front page, The Journal noted there have been four Prime Ministers in six years, “each one worse than the last”.

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It added: “Now the Conservatives want another go.

“The North-East has huge potential and doesn’t deserve two more years of Tory chaos.

“We need a General Election now.”

Sentinel editor Marc Waddington had previously branded 10 Downing Street’s previous incumbent Boris Johnson, now among the candidates to replace Ms Truss, as “worst among equals” when he resigned in July.

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The Sentinel’s front page this morning said: “In 2019, tens of thousands of voters in North Staffordshire did something they had never done before. They voted Conservative.

“Now after a Tory Prime Minister, for the second time in three months, has been forced to resign amid chaos and crisis, many of them will be feeling let down.

“The Tories can choose their next leader but it is time for the country to choose the next Prime Minister.

“Now is the time for a General Election.”

The Leeds-based Post’s leader added: “Yorkshire will not accept paying the price for the gross incompetence of the past three years. Levelling up remains largely unrealised. Our schools, hospitals and infrastructure still need urgent attention. Our economic potential remains untapped.

“The country is not a petri-dish for further experimentation with ill-thought out economic policies, especially at a time of grave crisis.

“For the good of the country and in the name of democracy, the Yorkshire Post calls for the public to be given a vote on how and who we are to be steered by out of the economic and political mire that Britain finds itself in.

“Whoever is installed as the next PM needs to call a General Election or at the very least set out a clear road map to one for the coming months.”

Elsewhere today, the Northern Echo declared Ms Truss had “let us down” – a reference to a previous warning it had made on its front page when she took office.

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The Eastern Daily Press, which covers her South West Norfolk constituency, noted there had been “44 days, seven u-turns, two Chancellors, two Home Secretaries” and went on to ask: “What now?”

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In Wales, the Western Mail’s cover showed Ms Truss facing the door of Number 10 after announcing her resignation.

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And in Scotland, Dundee daily The Courier declared the 44-day saga “a failure of Truss”.

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