‘I’m a fighter and not a quitter’ says Prime Minister Truss at PMQs

Prime Minister Liz Truss leaves No10 Downing Street to make her way to the House of Commons for PMQ's. 10 Downing Street. Picture by Rory Arnold / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Liz Truss  declared herself a “fighter not a quitter” at today’s Prime Minister’s Questions.

After a tumultuous few weeks Prime Minister Truss told MPs today that she was taking anew approach to the economy after admitting to errors in her first six weeks.

She said: “I have been very clear that I am sorry and that I have made mistakes.

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

The PM insisted she is “completely committed” to keeping the “triple lock” on state pensions after Downing Street said only yesterday that the pledge was under review. 

Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, asked the Prime Minister to “get permission to make another U-turn and commit to raising the state pension at the rate of inflation”. 

Ms Truss replied: “I honestly don’t know what the honourable gentleman is talking about because we have been clear in our manifesto that we will maintain the triple lock and I am completely committed to it. So is the Chancellor.”

The triple lock guarantees pensions will rise by the largest out of inflation, average wages or 2.5 percent.

Truss did not make the same promise to raise benefits in line with inflation when asked by a Conservative MP.

Prime Minister’s Question Time, also referred to as PMQs, takes place every Wednesday the House of Commons sits. It gives MPs the chance to put questions to the Prime Minister. In most cases, the session starts with a routine ‘open question’ from an MP about the Prime Minister’s engagements.

MPs can then ask supplementary questions on any subject, often one of current political significance.

The Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer MP, asks six questions, and the leader of the second largest opposition party asks two.


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