UK foreign minister calls ousting PM Truss a ‘bad idea’

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (center) speaking, flanked by, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng (left) and Britain's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly during her first weekly Prime Minister's Questions session at the House of Commons, in London, on Sept 7, 2022. (PRU / AFP)

LONDON – Changing Britain's leader would be a "disastrously bad idea", foreign minister James Cleverly said on Thursday as he defended Prime Minister Liz Truss's economic plans which have caused discontent within the governing Conservative Party.

"I think that changing the leadership would be a disastrously bad idea, not just politically but also economically, and we are absolutely going to stay focused on growing the economy," Cleverly said of Truss who only replaced Boris Johnson in office last month.

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