Liz Truss insists she WON’T quit at make-or-break PMQs and says ‘I’m a fighter’ amid calls to resign

Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 7, 2022. See PA story Politics PMQs. Photo credit should read: House of Commons/PA Wire

LIZ Truss warned MPs in the Commons that “I’m a fighter not a quitter”, as she battled to save her career and crumbling reputation in PMQs today.

The defiant PM hit back at Sir Keir Starmer, when he said she has no mandate from the country to rule.

Liz Truss told MPs “I’m a fighter not a quitter” at PMQs today

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Liz Truss leaving Downing Street this morning to attend PMQs

Ms Truss vowed: “I am a fighter. I have acted in the national interest to make sure that we have economic stability.

“We have delivered on the Energy Price Guarantee. We’ve delivered on National Insurance.

“We are going to deliver to stop the militant trade unions disrupting our railways.”

The PM hit out at Sir Keir: “The honourable gentleman has no idea, he has no plan. And he is no alternative.”

Sir Keir, in his concluding remarks, said: “The only mandate she’s ever had is from members opposite, it was a mandate built on fantasy economics and it ended in disaster.

“The country’s got nothing to show for it except the destruction of the economy and the implosion of the Tory Party.”

An embattled Ms Truss is on tenterhooks after loads of Tory MPs lashed out at her over the fall-out from the mini budget.

The disastrous package of unfunded tax cuts sent mortgages soaring and the pound plummeting.

It was torn to shreds this week by Jeremy Hunt, who was dragged in by Ms Truss to replace Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor.

Speaking in the Commons at PMQs today, Ms Truss said: “I have been very clear that I am sorry and I have made mistakes.

“But the right thing to do in those circumstances is to make changes, which I’ve made, and to get on with the job and deliver for the British people.”

Tonight loyalty to the PM will be put to the test in a crunch vote in the Commons that could lead to fracking being banned again.

Fracking is supported by loads of Tory MPs but a sizeable group of them hate it.

Today the PM warned rebel rousers in her midst that if they don’t back her in the vote, they will lose the Tory whip.

A message sent to Tory MPs today from the Whips Office warned: “This is not a motion on fracking. This is a confidence motion in the government.

“We cannot, under any circumstances, let the Labour Party take control of the order paper.

“We are voting NO and I reiterate, this is a hard three line whip with all slips withdrawn.”