Liz Truss was today named Britain’s next prime minister, winning an internal contest to lead the ruling Conservative Party at a time when the country is grappling with industrial unrest and recession.
She beat her rival, former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, by a vote of 81,326 to 60,399, after a summer-long, often fractious, and divisive party leadership contest sparked by Boris Johnson’s resignation in July.
When she was confirmed as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s successor, Truss pledged “bold” action to deal with the biting economic crisis.“We have to show that we will deliver in the next two years. I will come up with a bold plan to cut taxes and boost our economy,” Truss said after the results were announced.
“I will tackle the energy crisis, I will deal with people’s energy bills, but also with the long-term problems we have around energy supply.Liz Truss, 47, will become only the third woman Prime Minister of the UK after that Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher.
The announcement marks the start of a handover of Boris Johnson
who was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandals that saw support for his government evaporate. to meet Queen Elizabeth there Tuesday to officially offer his resignation, Truss will follow him and the monarch will ask him to form a government.
A long-time leader in the race to succeed Johnson, Truss will become the fourth Conservative Prime Minister since the 2015 election.During this period, the country has bounced back from one crisis to the next and is now forecast to face a protracted recession triggered by rising inflation, which hit 10.1% in July.
Truss campaigned for tax cuts and the dismantling of bureaucratic “orthodoxy,”, particularly at the Treasury Department, where he once worked.
Truss faces a long, expensive and difficult to-do list that opposition lawmakers say is the result of 12 years of flawed Conservative governance. Several have called for snap elections which Truss has said he will not allow.