BBCs Derbyshire mocks Newsnight audience member with brutal Tory dig

Victoria Derbyshire says 'are you joking' to audience member

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BBC Newsnight host Victoria Derbyshire was left baffled after one Tory member claimed that the Conservative Party “always comes together to unite”. The assertion prompted laughter in the audience, as Ms Derbyshire held a discussion with under-30s in Sunderland last night. Scott, a 27-year-old teaching assistant from Newcastle, admitted that the Conservatives have “had a rough few weeks,” amid the ongoing crisis facing Liz Truss. 

The Conservative Party member continued: “But the one thing about the Conservative Party is that in the worst of times they are always able to come together to unite.”

An incredulous Ms Derbyshire responded: “Are you joking?”

When Scott denied he was joking, the BBC host added: “Where are you seeing the party coming together to unite?”

The 27-year-old repeatedly responded that Liz Truss had “apologised for the mistakes that have been made”.

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The majority of those in the live audience yesterday were furious at the Government, particularly the fall-out of the mini-budget and ensuing chaos.

Aiden told the live audience in Sunderland that he blames Ms Truss’ policies for soaring interest rates and mortgage repayment rates

He said: “People will live with that these mistakes for years to come. They can’t treat mortgages like Prime Ministers.”

Meanwhile, Liz Truss has held unexpected talks in No 10 with the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.

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The unplanned meeting, which was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Therese Coffey, was made at the request of the PM.

A Downing Street source claimed the PM called the meeting because she “wants to keep in touch with the mood of the party”.

However, this comes after more than a dozen Conservative MPs have now publicly called on her to step down.

Dozens more are understood to have privately submitted letters of no confidence.

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Conservative stalwart David Davis told ITV News today that the Conservative party is facing an “existential threat”.

ITV News’ Paul Brand revealed that the One Nation group of Tory MPs have been meeting this morning to try to coalesce around a successor.

Mr Brand tweeted that names being discussed include Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt, but did not include Boris Johnson.

As a sign of warring factions within the Conservative Party, former culture secretary Nadine Dorries reiterated today that if Ms Truss resigns, then Mr Johnson has to be returned to power.

Ms Dorries says it would be “an abomination” if Conservative MPs held a “coronation” for a new prime minister.

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