By Joshua Robinson –
Cllr Cathy Scott is calling on Kirklees’ Conservative MPs – Liz Truss backers Mark Eastwood and Jason McCartney – to block Liz Truss’ honours list.
Cllr Cathy Scott said: “Liz Truss’ disastrous 49 days in office are continuing to hurt families in Kirklees to this very day.”
Truss was forced from office last October after a budget containing £45 billion of unfunded tax cuts that caused an economic crisis.
Local MP Mark Eastwood had backed Liz Truss, telling the Dewsbury Reporter: “she has the right plan for the economy to help ease the rising cost of living.”
In a letter to the local Conservative MPs – (and Liz Truss backers) Mark Eastwood and Jason McCartney – the Kirklees Labour Leader, said:
“The damage of Liz Truss’ government should not be rewarded with life peerages, knighthoods and MBEs for her cronies.”
“The Prime Minster has the power to block Truss’ honours list. I am asking you to publicly support this.”
“I appreciate that this may be difficult for you, given your support for Liz Truss and for the disastrous mini-budget at the time, but the damage that this caused to the country – and to people in Kirklees – should, by now, be abundantly clear.”
“I hope you will agree with me that it would be entirely inappropriate to honour the people who, in just 49 days, crashed the economy, left millions to pay more for their mortgages and worsened a cost of living crisis that we are still facing.”
In a speech on the 18th September at the Institute for Government, Truss has defended her mini-budget, saying it ‘would have worked eventually’ and has called for a number of measures to be implemented by Rishi Sunak.
Ms Truss put forward four people for life peerages. According to The Times, two rejected the offer, with one stating it would be “humiliating”.
It has been widely reported that Liz Truss has submitted up to 14 people to receive resignation honours.