Parliament will close down today and it is not due to reopen until Monday 5th September with either Elizabeth Truss or Rishi Sunak as the next Nations Prime Minister. Given that both of them have claimed they will not hold a General Election immediately, the new Prime Minister could remain for around 27 months so the person selected will have a great deal of decision making to complete. One challenge is how the Conservative MPs selected their two potential preferred Prime Ministers and the Conservative Party members now only have the opportunity to determine one of these two people. A system that would enable Party members to set out the people they would recommend earlier on seems valuable. As we know very clearly the MPs would prefer Sunak so what happens if the Party selects Truss? Also what about some of the other MPs who may have been preferred by the Party members and indeed potentially more widely than that who have not entered into the option for the members to now decide.
The appalling behaviour of the current Prime Minister is clearly one aspect that is needed to be provided for the future. It was deeply disturbing that he did so many dishonest activities and told so many lies. Our Nation is deeply affected by these and many of us would want a way to challenge future Prime Ministers if they are as dishonest as Johnson has been.
Although the next General Election could take place by the 12th December 2024 many of us anticipate and indeed would prefer a General Election somewhat earlier than that date. Anyone with any credible approach would focus on a General Election in May when local votes would take place and so that would either be May 2023 or May 2024.
Perhaps the most significant issue for us to consider is how can we persuade a number of the other political groups to work together in such a way that the Labour Party would be willing to work with the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party and some of the NI parties. If these groups would be willing to work together and if some of them managed to increase their numbers in England at the next General Election, they could take control of our Nation as an alternative to the Conservative Party. This would inspire many of us. Indeed for this to happen we need to persuade the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Party and potentially some Independent people to work together in individual constituencies. I had the privilege of supporting an Independent in a West Sussex constituency in 2017 who sadly did not overtake Nick Gibb. However we also now need Party groups to find a way of reducing the number of Sussex Conservative MPs and indeed there are several constituencies that could change if the other Party’s will work in a creative way. Let us hope they do so.