Liz Truss vows to fight back against ‘Left-wing extremists’ with launch of new Popular Conservative movement
Liz Truss has vowed to rally the country’s “secret Conservatives” after launching a new political movement this week.
The South West Norfolk MP delivered a speech at The Emmanuel Centre in London, voicing her plans to fight back against “left wing extremists” who she believes have infiltrated and taken over the UK’s insitutions.
She is spearheading the Popular Conservative movement – which has already been coined ‘Pop Con’ – alongside the likes of fellow Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg, looking to clamp down on “wokery”.
However, Ms Truss has moved to make clear that she is not looking to undermine current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak – who replaced her in Downing Street in 2022 – and is instead aiming to “restore faith in democracy”.
She has mainly slammed many of her fellow Tories for failing to promote traditional Conservative values and “appeasing” their political rivals.
“Conservatives really need to be thinking about how we change the system itself and how we create the political weather that enables these policies to happen,” she said.
“I’m afraid we have not taken on the Left enough. The Left don’t just compete with us at the ballot box now, they also work to take over our institutions.
“The fundamental issue is that for years and years and years, and I think it goes back two decades, Conservatives have not taken on the Left-wing extremists.”
Ms Truss added: “This fight is not going to be easy. The Left have been on the march. They have been on the march in our institutions, in our corporate world, they are on the march globally.
“They are actively organising. But I believe this fight is important because I believe it is only through Conservative values that we will give the people of Britain what they want.”
The Popular Conservatives have set out a manifesto which aims to introduce “robust” border controls, end net zero “zealotry”, crack down on the “nanny state”, and cut taxes and red tape.
The launch of the group was attended by a number of famous faces, including the likes of Nigel Farage – in his capacity as a GB News presenter – and ex-Neighbours actress Holly Valance, who branded Left-wing ideas “crap”.
Ms Truss added: “Britain is full of secret Conservatives – people who agree with us but don’t want to admit it because they think it’s not acceptable in their place of work, it’s not acceptable at their school.”