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Political commentators react to Liz Truss’s premier questions


New PM Liz Truss faced the first litmus test of her leadership today – as she faced questions from the Prime Minister in the hot seat.

The 47-year-old mother-of-two took on Labor No 1 Keir Starmer in their battle through the Commons.

After the explosive bluster of Boris Johnson’s performance, political watchers were eager to see how his successor fared.

And as unexpected sequels often are, Ms. Truss seems to have been met with caution across the board so far.

Here, MailOnline takes a look at the thoughts of political pundits on the new Prime Minister’s performance:

New Prime Minister Liz Truss had her first PMQs today and clashed with Labour’s Keir Starmer

Starmer appeared to give him a lighthearted encounter showing little of the fight he had against Boris

Starmer appeared to give him a lighthearted encounter showing little of the fight he had against Boris

Andrew Neil, President of The Spectator

Political commentators react to Liz Truss's premier questions

“Truss lands his first PMQs with ‘there’s nothing new about Labor wanting to raise taxes’. The Tory benches are roaring.

“PM Truss doesn’t correct Keir Starmer when he asks about corporate tax cuts.

‘She doesn’t cut it.

“She is maintaining the same level by refusing to proceed with Sunak’s raise next year.”

Anita Boateng, former Special Advisor No. 10

Political commentators react to Liz Truss's premier questions

“She was bubbly, she was impactful, she answered questions.

“I absolutely loved that Johnson poked fun at Starmer;

“I think what Truss is doing instead is seriously committing to what he’s saying.

“I think it made PMQs a lot more enlightening.

“If she’s had vocal coaching, I think that’s a sensible thing to do.

Chris Mason, BBC Political Editor

Political commentators react to Liz Truss's premier questions

“At the end of the Prime Minister’s Questions, there seemed to be a brief warm, one-on-one conversation between Liz Truss and Keir Starmer.

“I think Starmer said ‘well done’ to his opponent: All party leaders regularly recognize that PMQs are hard work.

‘So how did you feel, how did the main actors behave?

“It was less personal, much less theatrical and more ideological.

“Boris Johnson’s linguistic gymnastics are over. No more personal venom between Tory and Labor leaders.

Tom Newton Dunn, presenter and editor of Talk TV’s The News Desk

Political commentators react to Liz Truss's premier questions

“Liz Truss is not a legendary speaker, and some Tory MPs lived in terror at the thought of her robotic shipping box style.

“But it was a very good start.

“A zinger on the job who struggles to recruit leaders from outside North London.

‘Day 1, and surprisingly on the rise so far.

Beth Rigby, Sky News political editor

Political commentators react to Liz Truss's premier questions

“This week’s PMQs, the first between Liz Truss and Sir Keir Starmer, were more ideological and illuminating than what we were used to.

“Finally, you got the impression that this was a showdown in the House of Commons where, instead of trading rhetorical jabs and political attacks, there were real differences over politics and politics. ‘ideology.

“It almost went back to the old Tory-Labour dividing lines.

“Liz Truss spoke about not wanting to tax business and being a low tax party, while Keir Starmer tried to position the Prime Minister as someone on the side of vested interests, while saying Labor is on the side of the workers.

Richard Vaughan, political and educational correspondent at the newspaper i

“If Liz Truss’ aim for her first PMQs was to kill the usual warmth and rancor in the House of Commons, then she succeeded. It was a solid, no-frills performance.

Her first appearance as a PM in the Commons seemed to show she was aware of her own limitations, and despite an understandably nervous start she grew into the role as the muscle memory of being at the Despatch Box came back to her. .

“The arrival of Ms Truss on the front bench was greeted with cheers, but it was by no means a deafening welcome from backbench MPs to their new leader – perhaps a harbinger of the things to come.

‘On the evidence of her no-frills appearance in her new role, they would be wise not to underestimate her. Her next trick will be to try to inspire those on the benches behind her.

Tom Peck, political cartoonist for The Independent

‘Hooray for boring. Kudos for boredom. My God, we were kept waiting, but boring, as Smash Hits magazine said, it’s back Back BACK!

“Liz Truss’ Prime Minister’s First Questions pass in exactly the same way as her statement outside Downing Street.

“These are, in theory, historic moments, and for those who our grandchildren ask if we were there, the answer will be the same: ‘I really don’t remember.’

“As these words leave my fingers, Liz Truss’ First Ministers Questions have been over for four minutes and I’m already not quite sure I can tell you if I was there or not.”

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