The Daily Telegraph
With Liz Truss as leader, the Conservatives have an opportunity to return to first principles
SIR – I joined the Conservatives in May 1981, when Margaret Thatcher’s first administration was at its nadir.
The core tenets of Thatcherism – sound money, personal responsibility, strong defence, the rule of law and the creation of a property-owning democracy – chimed with my deeply held personal credo, which I still hold.
The Johnson Government’s lockdowns, idolatry of the NHS and higher taxes caused me to leave the party last autumn. Minutes after Liz Truss’s election I rejoined, elated by the prospect of a prime minister who favours a small state, individual liberty and free enterprise. I also believe Ms Truss shares Mrs Thatcher’s qualities of determination and stamina, and will not allow the Civil Service or ineffective ministers to blindside her. Conservatives: we have our party back. Philip Duly
SIR – Liz Truss offers us an opportunity to restart. It is important that she creates a new Cabinet from all the best people in her party. No one invited to join should turn down the offer.
We need significant new policies and a new ethos that moves us on from the Johnson era.
SIR – I did not want to hear “I will deliver...” from Liz Truss. I wanted a less presidential “My Cabinet and I will deliver...”
SIR – On being announced as the next PM, Liz Truss rose from her seat and swept up to the podium without so much as a backward glance.
How much more generous and sporting it would have been to have shaken Rishi Sunak’s hand first.
Walberton, West Sussex
SIR – In selecting Liz Truss to be prime minister, the Conservative Party – of which I have been a member for more than 30 years – has demonstrated why it needs a period of sober reflection on the Opposition benches. On this, Ms Truss can be trusted to deliver.
SIR – In recent years many Tory MPS have acquired an appetite for disloyalty to the leader. Don’t they realise that loyalty has always been a key factor in the party’s longevity? The next election will be tough enough without further self-inflicted wounds. Alex Turner
SIR – Having four prime ministers in six years says a lot about the way we elect and remove them from office.
As a Conservative Party member I am embarrassed by the process through which Ms Truss was selected. She did not receive the majority backing of her MPS. The final selection was left up to just a fraction of the population – mostly white, middleclass and middle-aged. Ms Truss told those people what they wanted to hear, rather than addressing the hard choices to be made. I worry about the future of our party and our country. Lt-col Jeremy Prescott
SIR – Conservatives seem to choose a female leader when the going gets tough. The choice of Margaret Thatcher was a triumph; the choice of Theresa May was not. I fear Liz Truss will be more like the latter.
SIR – The Tories have elected their third female leader and prime minister. Labour can’t even manage one. What does the People’s Party of Islington have to say about this?
Hastings, East Sussex
SIR – Why does Cambridge not produce prime ministers anymore? Stephen M Ferguson