It's time for a general election | Burnley Council leader Afrasiab Anwar

At a time when all our attention should be on how we tackle the cost-of-living crisis we are being distracted by the embarrassing goings on in parliament.
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We have had a government in utter chaos, not only damaging its own credibility but also causing reputational damage to British Parliamentary Democracy and turning us into a global laughing stock.

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In the last 24 hours we have had the Home Secretary resigning over a security breach and allegations of bullying followed by scenes of unprecedented confusion. This afternoon Liz Truss has done the right thing and finally resigned. The right thing for the country and for her, it was clear from day one she was out of her depth.

Burnley Council leader Afrasiab AnwarBurnley Council leader Afrasiab Anwar
Burnley Council leader Afrasiab Anwar
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Since the economic experiment that was the mini budget, which feels like an age ago, things have moved at pace. Jeremy Hunt took up his new post and almost immediately reversed every policy announced by his predecessor. The U-turns have been made to calm the markets, but it is too little too late, especially for those that have already seen their mortgage rates soaring and the turmoil in the markets resulting in increasing costs.

While the government collapses and the Tories turn on one another, our communities still face the harsh reality of an uncertain winter. Those on lowest incomes are still not sure how they will feed their families or heat their homes, and the move to reduce the duration of the Energy Price Guarantee from two years to six months could mean a financial crisis for millions in April.

Jeremy Hunt is yet to commit to raising benefits in line with inflation. Without which, working families and those on lowest incomes in Burnley will be hardest hit. Yesterday Liz Truss committed to protect the Triple Lock on Pensions, but with her now gone and Hunt committed to savings, another U-turn is no doubt on the horizon.

Investment Zones, the only policy to survive from the mini budget is likely to go the way of the last flagship policy of Levelling Up. If not the low tax, low regulation policy will end up costing the taxpayer billions in low taxes and business rates relief.

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Those Lancashire MP's, including the Burnley MP, who cheered the mini budget, backed Liz Truss for Prime Minister and last night turned their back on Lancashire constituents by supporting fracking, chose to protect their own personal interests over the interests of the people of Lancashire.

They cannot be allowed to get away with this. They had a hand in crashing the economy, they need to own this mess and be held to account.

They broke a promise they were elected on, and it is time the people of Lancashire were given the opportunity to send them a clear message. Public services and council budgets face cuts because of their actions. They should pay the price not us.

The Tories will rally around a new leader and Jeremy Hunt and Grant Shapps look like they will keep their jobs. It is a sad state of affairs when they, with their abysmal records as Health and Transport secretaries are seen as the adults in the room. It is time for change. It's time for a general election.