Liz Truss’s authority continued to weaken. Proposals for spending reductions – including cutting schools capital spending – shocked ministers. Ben Wallace and James Heappey pledged to quit if Truss reversed her pledge to raise defence spending to 3 per cent of GDP. Loyalists desperately aimed to maintain Truss’s support, include via a Number 10 drinks reception attended by her daughters.
With acknowledgments to Harry Cole and James Heale‘s Out of the Blue: the Inside Story of the Unexpected Rise and Rapid Fall of Liz Truss