JUST IN: Liz Truss.Next UK PM, Replaces Boris Johnson
It’s official. Liz Truss has won the Conservative Party leadership race, and tomorrow.(Tuesday), she will become Prime Minister when she visits the Queen in Balmoral for an invitation to form her UK government.
She is Britain’s third female Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
Truss is taking power at a time when the country faces a cost of living crisis, industrial unrest and a recession.
After weeks of an often bad-tempered and divisive party leadership contest that pitted Truss against Rishi Sunak, a former finance minister, Monday’s announcement will trigger the beginning of a handover from Boris Johnson.
“We will deliver’ Truss repeats, ending speech
“We will deliver, we will deliver, we will deliver”, concludes Truss – adding that the party will defeat labour at the 2024 general election.
Truss says she has a bold plan to cut taxes as she has pledged to follow through on her promises to voters, saying the Tory party needs to show it can deliver over the next two years.
She says she has a “bold plan” to cut taxes and grow the UK economy.
On the prevailing issue of rising energy bills, she says she will “deliver” when it comes to crisis by not only dealing with bills but also the long term supply issues.
She tells the auditorium that she knows Tory beliefs resonate with the British people.
Truss says this includes freedom and the ability to control their own life as well as low taxes.
She says the campaign was “hard-fought” and showed “the depth and breadth of talent” in the party.
A beaming Liz Truss has taken the stage after her victory to a huge standing ovation, saying it’s an honour to be elected as the leader.
She thanks the party for “organising one of the longest job interviews in history”, as well as her supporters.
Fresh from her victory Liz Truss is now addressing the Queen Elizabeth II Centre auditorium.