General election: More than 10,000 people across Bristol want public to decide on next Prime Minister

A petition has attracted support across the country

More than 10,000 people across Bristol have signed an online petition calling for a general election, figures show. Following the Liz Truss resigns as prime minister after 44 days - new PM will be announced on Friday October 28">resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss, Conservative party members will decide on the next leader, to be in place on October 31.

But opposition leaders, and hundreds of thousands of people across the country want a general election. A petition on the Parliament website calling for a general election has reached more than 700,000 signatures.

They include 2,275 in Bristol South, 1,617 in Bristol North West, 3,760 in Bristol West and 2,024 in Bristol East. In Kingswood, 1,075 people have signed the petition, and in Bradley Stoke and Filton, 1,416.

The petition asks for “an immediate general election to end the chaos of the current government”.

It lists the war in Ukraine, problems with the Northern Ireland protocol, looming recession and renewed calls for Scottish independence as among “the greatest set of challenges we have seen in our lifetimes”.

“Let the people decide who leads us through this turmoil,” the petition concludes.

The three largest opposition parties in Westminster – Labour, the Scottish National Party, and the Liberal Democrats – have all called for a general election last week.