Liz Truss discusses the monarchy at Lib Dem Conference in 1994
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Tony Maudsley, who is best known for playing George Shuttleworth on Coronation Street, has mocked young Liz Truss as her rant against the monarchy has emerged. Footage of the new Prime Minister branding the royals as “disgraceful” has since been unveiled.
Ms Truss met with the Queen today as the new leader of the Conservative Party taking over from Boris Johnson after she beat Rishi Sunak in the leadership race.
ITV News shared an archive clip of one of their reports from the 1994 Liberal Democrat party conference.
In the clip, a teenage Truss speaks critically of the monarchy, branding their hereditary status as “disgraceful.”
She said at the time: “I’m not against any of them personally, I’m against the idea that people can be born to rule, that people because of the family they are born in should be able to be the head of state.
“I think that’s disgraceful.”
Taking to Twitter today, Tony could not help but take a cheeky dig at the unearthed footage.
The Corrie actor, who boasts 83,000 followers, retweeted the archive footage as he urged someone to send the clip to the Queen.
The ITV News Calender caption read: “In this clip from 1994, Leeds student Liz Truss tells ITV News the idea of the monarchy is ‘disgraceful’.
“Today she meets the queen to be appointed as the new PM.”
Tony tweeted: “Hahahaha. Someone needs to send this to the Queen’s Snap Chat before she gets there!”
Social media users flocked to comment on the post, as @auntygoya tweeted: “Be a wee shame if it kept being shared though.”
@Paul commented: “Love to be a fly on the wall at that conversation.”
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@Trish joked: “The really big question?? How much will she spend on wallpaper!”
At the 1994 Liberal Democrats conference, she gave a speech about the monarchy, saying: “We Liberal Democrats believe in opportunity for all.
“I was being interviewed by Newsnight earlier this afternoon and we were filmed asking members of the public what they thought about the monarchy.
“We came across a group of three people. I’d say they were around 50, 60 [years of age]. [They] looked fairly middle class, rather smart and in fact rather reactionary to be perfectly frank.
“We asked them they’re opinion of the Monarch, do you know what they said? They said: ‘Abolish them. We’ve had enough.'”
Ms Truss has spoken in recent weeks about her previous allegiance to the Lib Dems and the republican views she held in her younger days.
Asked by reporters in July about when she changed her views on the monarchy, Ms Truss said: “Almost immediately after I’d made that speech.
“I was a teenager at the time and I do believe that people who never change their mind on anything and think the same at 16 as they do at 46 are, well, first of all they’re not normal people like I am, and secondly, you know, I’ve got the ability to learn from mistakes I’ve made, things that I’ve done that are wrong and move on.”
She is now the leader of the Conservative Party, and the former Foreign Secretary now describes herself as a supporter of the Royal Family.
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