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Debbie Hall

West Lothian politicians call for general election after PM's departure

West Lothian’s MPs are calling for a general election after Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned yesterday.

The PM bowed put yesterday after weeks of economic turmoil and U-turns and moves are underway to select her successor.

Rishi Sunak is currently favourite, but local politicians want to see a snap general election.

SNP’s MP for Livingston, Hannah Bardell, said a poll is now a “democratic imperative”.

“It was inevitable Liz Truss would have to go after the damage she’s inflicted - but merely swapping leaders of a broken Tory government is not enough.

“A general election is now a democratic imperative.

“The UK is in a state of constant crisis and long-term decline. With all the Westminster parties signed up to the economic pain of a hard Brexit and austerity cuts, it is clear independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe and escape the chaos of Westminster control for good.”

Hannah Bardell and Martyn Day want to see a general election (Stuart Vance/ReachPlc)

Her SNP colleague and Linlithgow and Falkirk East MP Martyn day agreed, adding: “Liz Truss’s time in office may be the shortest premiership in British history however, her resignation is not before time. Her time in charge will go down in history as having reached unprecedented levels of shambolic chaos.

“The Tory Party cannot just keep swapping one undemocratically elected Prime Minister with another, we need a general election now and Scotland must have the option of independence to escape the mayhem of Westminster.”

Labour Lothians MSP, Foysol Choudhury, added: “It’s right that Liz Truss has resigned. But in truth, this entire Conservative government must go.

“The next Tory Leader will have no mandate to be Prime Minister.

“We need a general election now.”

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