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UK protesters want conservative govt. out

Saeed Pourreza
Press TV, Birmingham

Energy, housing, and soaring prices across the board: Britain's cost of living crisis is worsening and people are suffering. Jiovanna and his wife are two of over a thousand protesters greeting the Conservative Party conference here in Birmingham.

Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss's government has nailed its colors to the mast: tax cuts favoring the rich, business enterprise zones and billions to slow the rise of household energy bill which have gone up again this week. But all of it uncosted sending the markets into a meltdown. How will British taxpayers afford it.

The PM has pledged her government will keep an iron grip on national finances as part of our commitment to sound money. The subtext: looming cuts to already struggling public services.

And Liz Truss and Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng say they're determined to hold their nerve promising a medium term fiscal plan and independent analysis, not now, but in November.

As Birmingham hosts the conference, the Welsh and Scottish administrations have demanded a crisis summit, while the Labor Party, now with a 33 point lead in the polls, says a government appointed solely by party members, has no mandate.

The UK is facing a financial crisis. Protests like this are drawing more and more people onto the streets nationwide, meaning the pressure on the government to deliver beyond the conference walls is reaching boiling point.

Liz Truss has never had a problem charming the party faithful. But it won't just be her allies watching. Grassroots pressure is rising. Change is on the horizon.

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