UK News: Gove leading Tory rebellion against mini budget: 'Don't believe it's right'

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Michael Gove © PA Michael Gove

The Prime Minister has said she stands by her tax-cutting package arguing it will boost growth - but she is coming under mounting pressure from a number of MPs to reverse some of the changes.

Senior Tory Michael Gove claimed he will not vote for the mini-Budget when it comes to Parliament, insisting: "I don't believe it's right." The former Cabinet minister branded the decision to cut the 45p tax rate as "wrong".

Yet Nile Gardiner, a close adviser to ex-leader Mrs Thatcher, said Ms Truss is fulfilling what she pledged.

He explained: "She certainly has been tough. She has defied her critics, but she is delivering on exactly what she promised to do in her campaign.

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"The Prime Minister should push forward despite all the attacks. This is not a popularity contest." Mr Gardiner said the current PM is facing the "same kind of pushback" that Mrs Thatcher did during her time in Downing Street.

He added: "She has to project the strength and resolve of Britain's Iron Lady here - Liz Truss has to stand up for Britain."

Last month's mini-budget, which included the surprise announcement the tax rate for the highest earners would be cut, triggered turmoil in the markets and concern among some Conservative MPs.

But Party chairman Jake Berry warned Tory MPs who vote against the PM's tax measures will be kicked out of the parliamentary party - known as losing the whip. A Commons vote on the plans is not likely to take place until the spring.

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Mr Berry urged Conservatives to back Ms Truss, saying: "I'm sure that, if we do that, it will lead ultimately to long-term electoral success." But Mr Gove, who supported Ms Truss's leadership rival Rishi Sunak, said he is worried the Government is "betting too much on tax cuts when we are borrowing to pay for them".

He told a fringe meeting at the party conference in Birmingham: added: "That is not Conservative in my view."

Mr Gove said it will be "very, very, very difficult" to argue that it is right to impose real-term cuts on benefits while cutting tax for the highest earners. But he also insisted he was not a "rebel leader" amid growing disharmony among Tories over the plans.

Infighting over the economy spilled into the open yesterday as one former minister accused Ms Truss of throwing her Chancellor "under the bus".

Nadine Dorries, an ultra-loyalist supporter of Boris Johnson, ripped into his successor after she claimed Kwasi Kwarteng was behind the decision to scrap the 45p tax rate for top earners. The PM said the decision was taken by Mr Kwarteng without consulting the Cabinet.

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Jake Berry making a speech © Getty Jake Berry making a speech

Ms Dorries, who backed Ms Truss in the Tory leadership race before quitting as Culture Secretary, tweeted: "One of Boris Johnson's faults was that he could sometimes be too loyal and he got that.

"However, there is a balance - and throwing your Chancellor under a bus on the first day of conference really isn't it."

Damian Green, a former deputy prime minister, warned the Tories would lose the next general election if "we end up painting ourselves as the party of the rich".

Tory ex-Chancellor George Osborne said it was "touch and go whether Mr Kwarteng can survive" the fall-out, stating it would be "curtains" for him if his speech today went badly.

Tory MP Julian Smith tweeted: "The first job of an MP is to act in the interest of their constituents and in the national interest. We cannot clap for carers one month and cut tax for millionaires months later.

Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has admitted he has not ruled out a future bid for the Tory leadership.

Michael Gove firmly established himself as the Tory rebel leader before the party's conference had even opened.

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At just after 8.30am before Liz Truss had even spoken, the former Cabinet minister sat in a television studio a few feet away from the Prime Minister and said she had made "mistakes".

Seconds after the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg finished her big interview with the PM, she turned back to Mr Gove who then went for the jugular, but in the unfailingly polite way only he can pull off.

He was trying to be helpful, the senior Tory insisted, but Ms Truss had the "the wrong values".

There is an "inadequate realisation at the top of government about the scale of change required," he added.

Shortly after the conference opened its doors at lunchtime, Mr Gove was holding court on the conference fringe, going even further.

It was the first of many planned for the gathering in Birmingham and at each he will generate media interest.

The former journalist understands better than most how to make an intervention for maximum impact.

He has turned the first day of the conference into a war between him and Ms Truss. As Boris Johnson can testify, Mr Gove is a powerful enemy to have.

The ex-PM's first tilt at the Conservative Party leadership was torpedoed by the man he thought would be at his side through the contest.

A ceasefire was eventually called when Mr Johnson later became Prime Minister but the betrayal was not forgotten and he took great pleasure - the only joy in his final hours in office - of sacking Mr Gove before he quit his own job.

It was just a few weeks ago when Mr Gove announced he was stepping back from frontline politics.

Many will be disappointed that for the sake of party unity he has not decided to step back from making headlines.

Truss warns of 'stormy days' ahead as hecklers interrupt speech .
Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss is set Wednesday to close her party's tumultuous annual conference with an unabashed defence of "disruption" to counter economic "drift and delay". Just a month since she succeeded Boris Johnson, Truss has alienated voters, financial markets and many in the Conservative party with a crash programme of debt-fuelled tax cuts to revitalise growth. FRANCE 24's Bénédicte Paviot reports from London.

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