Nadine Dorries has called for a general election, saying that Prime Minister Liz Truss should bring a "whole new mandate" to the nation.

Ms Dorries had been the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport under Boris Johnson's Government.

She has appeared critical of Ms Truss stopping policy that had been signed off by the Cabinet before she came into power.

This related to the potential sale of Channel 4, a review of the BBC licence fee and the implementation of an online safety bill.

In a tweet, Ms Dorries said: "Widespread dismay at the fact that 3 years of work has effectively been put on hold. No one asked for this. C4 sale, online safety, BBC licence feee [sic] review - all signed off by cabinet all ready to go, all stopped. If Liz wants a whole new mandate, she must take to the country."

She was responding to a tweet from the Deputy Online Political Editor for the Daily Mirror Lizzy Buchan, who had been speaking about what the Conservative Party 2019 manifesto writer Rachel Wolf had said on Liz Truss's leadership so far.

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Her tweet said: "Tory 2019 manifesto co-author Rachel Wolf says Liz Truss partly won the leadership race due to perceived loyalty to Boris Johnson - but this Government has now junked everything he stood for. She makes the point that this Govt has neither a democratic or Parliamentary mandate."

Ms Truss has already come in for a lot of criticism just a month into her term as Prime Minister, particularly over the mini-budget last week that saw borrowing rates skyrocket.

Ms Dorries had also criticised Ms Truss yesterday, accusing her of throwing Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng "under the bus" by saying the decision to cut income tax for the richest was one made by him alone and not the Cabinet as a whole.