The saying goes that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ but I suspect the last few weeks have felt endless for Liz Truss.

After just 49 days, she has left 10 Downing Street, forced out by those who, just seven weeks ago, chose to put her there.

The chaos which ensued during her brief time in office is unprecedented and resulted in significant damage to the economy, to the detriment of millions of people across the UK, which is why, during her last Prime Minister’s Questions, I asked her why she was still in office?

Having been forced to U-turn on most of the plans announced in the mini budget, the pressure was growing daily on her to resign as she lost the support of more and more of her MPs.

On the eve of her resignation, the Parliamentary Tory party had descended into chaos as members went to vote on a motion to ban fracking, with some wishing to abstain but were physically man-handled to vote with the government so it wouldn’t been seen as a vote of no confidence in Truss.

The scenes were really quite extraordinary and, in the disarray that followed, it was clear that her time was up.

And so, we have our third Prime Minister in just seven weeks. Having initially been rejected in favour of Truss, Tory MPs have now decided to give Rishi Sunak the job in a desperate attempt to try to undo some of the damage which has been done.

However, while many see Sunak as a steadier hand, we should not be under any illusion that he will steer the boat in a radically different direction than Truss or, for that matter, Johnson.

We already know that there are massive cuts in public spending and yet more

austerity coming - our reward

for the Tory mismanagement of the economy which has led to increased borrowing, inflation

at a 40-year high, a cost-of-

living crisis and rising interest rates, putting thousands of homes as risk.

Scotland did not vote for this shower and, yet again, here we are with another Tory PM who we didn’t elect imposing policies on us which we don’t want and don’t work for the majority of the population.

On a more positive note, it is welcome news that the Post Office in Springside will re-open in November following its closure back in August.

A new Postmaster has been appointed and will operate the service from the same venue as their predecessor, offering a range of Post Office products and services.

There has been a marked decline in the number of post offices in our villages and towns, and yet they increasingly offer more lifeline services, including banking facilities, so it is great to see a full service being restored when many other areas now only have weekly access to a mobile service.

I wish the new Postmaster the very best with their new business.

I was also pleased to see that North Ayrshire Council are supporting exciting plans for a state-of the-art tennis facility in Kilwinning that can also be used as a concert venue.

The £55,000 funding award to Kilwinning Community Sports Club will cover close to two-thirds of the estimated cost to transform an unused golf range at Pennyburn into three tennis courts.

Tennis is a hugely popular sport that’s great fun for all ages and abilities but access to affordable and well-maintained courts varies across the country, so this will be a very welcome development for the community.