Liz Truss becomes next British Prime Minister
Liz Truss the foreign secretary has been named leader of the governing Conservative Party and Britain’s next prime minister on Monday, becoming the new tenant of No 10 at a time when the country faces a cost of living crisis, industrial unrest, a recession and a conflict in Ukraine.
The announcement was made in London, after weeks of bad-tempered and a divisive party leadership contest that pitted Truss against Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor of the Exchequer whose resignation triggered Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation and the leadership contest. She beat former finance minister Rishi Sunak in a vote of Conservative Party members, winning by 81,326 votes to 60,399.
Johnson will travel to Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday to officially tender his resignation. His successor will follow him and be asked to form a government.
Foreign minister under Johnson, Truss, 47, has promised to act quickly to tackle Britain’s cost of living crisis, saying that within a week she will come up with a plan to tackle rising energy bills and securing future fuel supplies. “I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy,” Truss said after the result was announced. “I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy bills, but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supply.” She said after she was announced as the winner. She appeared to rule out another national election before 2024, when she promised to deliver a great victory for her party.
Speaking in a TV interview on Sunday she declined to give details of the measures she says will reassure millions of people who fear they will be unable to pay their fuel bills as winter approaches.
Britain has lagged behind other major European countries in its offer of support for consumer energy bills, which opposition lawmakers blame on a “zombie” government unable to act while the Conservatives ran their leadership contest.
In May, the government set out a 15-billion-pound support package to help households with energy bills as part of its 37-billion-pound cost-of-living support scheme.
Italy has budgeted over 52 billion euros ($51.75 billion) so far this year to help its people. In France, increases in electricity bills are capped at 4% and Germany said on Sunday it would spend at least 65 billion euros shielding consumers and businesses from rising inflation.