Speaking at the launch of the new Popular Conservativsm faction – dubbed the ‘PopCons’ – Ms Truss said the group could ‘galvanise’ the ‘secret Conservative forces’ across Britain.
She warned there was currently a ‘damaging divide’ between politicians and ordinary people who ‘think the wokery that’s going on is nonsense’.
The ‘PopCon’ launch also saw speeches from senior Tories such as Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ex-business secretary, and Lee Anderson, the former Conservative deputy chairman.
‘It’s only through Conservative values that we will give the people of Britain what they want,’ Ms Truss said.
‘I feel it’s only through Conservative values that we will ensure the successful future of our nation.
‘And I think the successful future of Britain is vitally important for the successful future of the West.
‘So please join our organisation, get involved – this is just the beginning!’
Former Neighbours star Holly Vallance and her property magnate husband Nick Candy also attended this morning’s launch event.
In her address to the central London audience, Ms Truss said Conservative governments had had ‘many achievements’ over the past 14 years.
But she warned they had been ‘swimming against the tide when we’ve been talking about Conservative values’ as she pointed to ‘woke-ism’ in schools.
Ms Truss said Britons wanted to see lower immigration and want illegal immigrants deported, but that ministers’ efforts were ‘constantly being stymied’.
‘Why is this? Why have we got into this position?,’ she added.
‘I believe the fundamental issue is that for years and years and years – and I think it goes back two decades – Conservatives have not taken on the left-wing extremists.’
The ex-PM claimed the ideology of leftists disguising themselves as ‘environmentalists’ was about ‘taking power away from people and families and giving power to the state or unaccountable bodies’.
‘The problem is Conservatives have tried to appease these people, we’ve tried to triangulate,’ she said,
‘Conservative Cabinet ministers have met Greta Thunberg and asked her what she wanted.’
Ms Truss hit out at the Government for allowing people to choose their gender and for ‘pandering to the anti-capitalists’.
‘Too many of our colleagues are looking to what job they might get after they leave Parliament, they are looking to being popular at London dinner parties,’ she said.
‘People don’t want to be unpopular, but the irony is these policies are popular.
‘When I go out canvassing in Norfolk, people want us to deal with immigration, they don’t like Net Zero policies that make energy more expensive, they think the wokery that is going on is nonsense.
‘And they are frustrated that they feel unable to say what they think.
‘So there is a damaging divide between those who are making the decisions, those in the elite around the M25, and those people on the ground.
‘I’m afraid we have not taken on the Left enough. The Left don’t just compete with us at the ballot box now, they also work to take over our institutions.
‘We see it in much of the media, we see it in corporations, we see it most of all in the quangoes and government bureaucracy that emerged under Tony Blair.
‘But we didn’t do enough to change it, we didn’t do enough to take the power back.’
Ms Truss claimed the ‘PopCon’ movement should look to begin ‘galvanising Conservative forces’.
She claimed ‘Britain is full of secret Conservative forces’ of people who are ashamed to admit their values, and that the group must rally them.
Ms Truss warned ‘this fight is not going to be easy’ as ‘the Left have been on the march’ in UK institutions, in the corporate world and globally.
The ‘PopCons’ are not seeking to replace Mr Sunak as PM before the general election but are seeking a rapid and radical change in the Government’s direction in the coming months.
All eyes were on Mr Farage – now the honorary president of Reform UK – at the launch event as he continues to flirt with Tories over a return to their ranks.
Speaking before it started he denied seeking to join the Conservative Party ‘at the moment’, adding: ‘You must be joking. Not at the moment, given what they stand for.’
He added: ‘Whilst there were some big names like Liz Truss, Jacob Rees-Mogg – I saw Priti Patel coming into the audience earlier – they are a very small minority within the parliamentary Conservative Party.’
Mr Farage posted on Twitter once the ‘PopCon’ event concluded: ‘I agree with their leaflet and stated aims, but only Reform will offer this at the coming election.
‘Surprisingly, only a couple of sentences on immigration during the hour. Popular perhaps, but not populist.’
It comes as opinion polls show little or no sign of the gap between the Tories and Labour closing, with Sir Keir Starmer’s party enjoying a lead of more than 20 points and Reform surging to its highest ever popularity.
In his own address to the ‘PopCon’ launch, Sir Jacob railed against an ‘activist judiciary’ and an ‘out-of-touch oligarchy’ in his remarks to the gathering.
He declared that the ‘age of Davos man is over’ and voters have had enough ‘of international cabals and quangos telling hundreds of millions of people how to lead their lives’.
The North East Somerset MP said bodies such as the World Health Organisation and Cop climate summit ‘limit our freedom for manoeuvre’.
‘We have to restore power to our democratic institutions and take it away from those that seek to override democracy,’ Sir Jacob told the event.
Judges are tied to the ‘international elite’, and ‘unaccountable, unelected’ quangos are ‘plugged into EU lawmaking,’ he said.
‘We need to re-establish the traditional relationship between the judiciary and Parliament. Ideally, we should bring it back into Parliament.’
Sir Jacob recently denied the ‘PopCon’ group is seeking to oust Mr Sunak, who has failed to overturn Labour’s significant poll lead.
He told The Westminster Hour on Sunday: ‘We have this habit of changing leader too often which I think has been a mistake and is why I am very keen that we stick to our current leader because changing again would make us look utterly ridiculous.’
Sir Jacob said he would like to see Mr Farage join the Conservative Party and dismissed claims the new grouping is a vehicle for the rehabilitation of Ms Truss.
Since stepping down, Ms Truss has continued to promote her tax-slashing, small-government brand of conservatism.
While that continues to enjoy support among some in the Conservative Party, polling published on Monday suggested she is the least popular politician with the general public.
A survey by Savanta indicated her net favorability score is minus 54 per cent, compared to Mr Sunak’s minus 27 per cent.
Truss ally Mark Littlewood, the outgoing head of the libertarian think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs – who is behind the new movement, wrote in The Telegraph: ‘It is up to the Conservatives to make the case for economic freedom and lower taxes.’
The Pop Cons join an already crowded field of right-wing Conservative factions, including the Brexiteer European Research Group, the New Conservatives and Common Sense Group.