Jeremy Hunt warns Tory MPs against trying to oust PM

Jeremy Hunt has appealed to Tory MPs to get behind Liz Truss, as she battles to restore credibility with backbenchers.

A series of damaging U-turns over her tax-cutting plans has led to some MPs to talk privately about how to remove her from office.

But her new chancellor told the BBC a fresh leadership campaign was “the last thing that people really want”.

He insisted Ms Truss remained in charge of the government’s direction.

Mr Hunt warned that “difficult decisions” would be necessary at a fresh budget at the end of this month to restore the UK’s economic credibility.

He told Laura Kuenssberg he was not “taking anything off the table”, including further reversals of tax cuts from last month’s mini-budget.

Mr Hunt replaced Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday, after Ms Truss fired the former chancellor. His sacking followed market turmoil in response to £45bn of unfunded tax cuts included in the mini-budget.

In a series of humiliating U-turns, Ms Truss abandoned plans to scrap the top…

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