Prime Minister Liz Truss has resigned. At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday I asked who has confidence in her (see here). By Thursday it became apparent that nobody did and she resigned. She’ll remain in office until the Conservative Party picks a replacement by the end of next week. This will be the third Prime Minister in a year and the second imposed on us by Conservative Party members. We need a General Election now.
The Public Accounts Committee published a report on waste crime highlighting the lack of prosecutions in the country. In Hackney alone there were 13,000 incidences of waste crime in 2020 and 2021. But the agencies that can prosecute have been deprived of funding by this Government, as have local councils. See here to read the report in full and see here for a summary.
And I was pleased to be out and about in Hackney where I met with the new Chief Executive of Homerton Hospital to talk about the NHS. The NHS is facing real pressures over the winter with the number of people waiting for hospital treatment nationally reaching over seven million. I was also pleased to meet with the Department for Work and Pensions staff at the job centre in Mare Street. I thanked them for their work in supporting Hackney residents find work.