Liz Truss had drinks with her family and aides in the Downing Street flat after she announced her resignation, according to reports. Writing in The Sunday Times, Tim Shipman claimed the Prime Minister, who handed in her resignation after just 45 days in office, had drinks with a “dozen aides” and her husband and two daughters after a day that was described as a “political funeral”.
Mr Shipman said the group admired the “Lulu Lytle decor installed by Carrie Johnson” – wife of Boris Johnson who served as PM before Ms Truss.
One close aide told the journalist: “I have to say this is an absolute tragedy. Liz Truss should have been a great PM. The sadness the staff feel is akin to a loved one dying. ‘Haunted’ is all I can really say to explain how I feel.”
Liz Truss stepped aside for a speedy Conservative Party leadership election on Thursday, with the short-lived PM claiming she has no mandate to make the changes she has pursued.
She told viewers she met with the 1922 Committee to decide a way for the party to progress. The Tories now aim to find a new leader within the week.
Ms Truss said: “I came into office at a time of great economic and international instability.
“Families and businesses were worried about how to pay their bills.
“Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine threatens the security of our whole continent. And our country has been held back for too long by low economic growth.
“I was elected by the Conservative Party with a mandate to change this – we delivered on energy bills and on cutting national insurance.”
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The Conservative Party has since announced how it plans to run the race for Ms Truss’s successor.
Before meeting on Thursday, Sir Graham confirmed the speedy competition would elect a new leader in just over a week.
The expedited leadership race would follow an as-of-yet undecided schedule and elect a new leader by October 28.
They will enter Number 10 before the scheduled fiscal briefing on October 31.