Liz Truss named the new UK Prime Minister

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By Carina Murphy

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Liz Truss has been officially named as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Truss will take over from Boris Johnson tomorrow after beating out former Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Conservative Party leadership race.

The results were confirmed at 12:30PM today by Sir Graham Brady, the returning officer for the Conservative leadership election and chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench MPs.

Truss won with 81,326 votes, against Sunak's 60,399.

During her winning speech, Truss thanked departing PM Boris Johnson, highlighting his work on Brexit and the support he showed to the people of Ukraine.

Truss and Sunak have spent the past six weeks vying for the top spot after Johnson announced his resignation earlier this summer.

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Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss during a hustings event in London last week (August 31). Credit: PA Images / Alamy

Both former cabinet members campaigned to persuade Conservative party members that they were the right choice to lead the party - and the country - following Johnson's departure.

But it was former foreign secretary Truss who emerged victorious, and will now be named the 56th Prime Minister of the UK.

Tomorrow (August 6), she will join Johnson on a visit to the Queen, who is untraditionally remaining at her Scotland residence Balmoral rather than returning to Buckingham Palace to appoint the new prime minister.

After Johnson has tendered his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, the longstanding monarch will have a private audience with Truss and invite her to form a government, per Metro.

Since being elected as the Conservative MP for southwest Norfolk in 2010, Truss has held several positions in government. She was appointed Secretary of State for Justice, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Minister for Women and Equalities before becoming the Foreign Secretary in 2021.

Truss' first announcements as PM are expected to be dominated by discussion of the looming energy crisis and sky-rocketing cost of living in the UK.

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Liz Truss. Credit: Matt Crossick / Alamy

Speaking to BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg yesterday (September 4), she promised to announce a plan for rising energy costs within a week of being appointed PM.

During an appearance on BBC One's Sunday, Truss said action on energy bills would be "vital", adding that her cabinet would look to boost domestic energy supplies to prevent the UK from being so dependent on international prices.

Sunak, meanwhile, said the energy crisis was "serious" and claimed "every tool in the toolbox" would be needed to address it.

He added that were he to be announced as PM, he would target energy payments at pensioners and the low-paid, and introduce a VAT cut to energy bills.

Johnson was forced to stand down as leader back in July following several scandals in the Conservative party, including "Party-gate" and allegations of sexual misconduct against the former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher.

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Boris Johnson resigned earlier this summer. Credit: Amanda Rose / Alamy

In his leaving address outside of number 10 Downing Street, Johnson said: "I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world... But them's the breaks."

"I've agreed with Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of our backbench MPs, that the process of choosing that new leader should begin now and the timetable will be announced next week," Johnson said. "And I've today appointed a Cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place."

He also thanked his wife Carrie and their children for their support.

"Above all, I want to thank you, the British public, for the immense privilege you have given me," he added.

Johnson also sent a message of support to the people of Ukraine and vowed that the UK will continue to support their fight against Russia.

He concluded his address to the public by saying: "Being prime minister is an education in itself - I've traveled to every part of UK and I've found so many people possessed of such boundless British originality and so willing to tackle old problems in new ways.

"Even if things can sometimes seem dark now, our future together is golden."

Featured Image Credit: Imageplotter / Alamy

Liz Truss named the new UK Prime Minister

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By Carina Murphy

Article saved!Article saved!

Liz Truss has been officially named as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Truss will take over from Boris Johnson tomorrow after beating out former Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Conservative Party leadership race.

The results were confirmed at 12:30PM today by Sir Graham Brady, the returning officer for the Conservative leadership election and chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench MPs.

Truss won with 81,326 votes, against Sunak's 60,399.

During her winning speech, Truss thanked departing PM Boris Johnson, highlighting his work on Brexit and the support he showed to the people of Ukraine.

Truss and Sunak have spent the past six weeks vying for the top spot after Johnson announced his resignation earlier this summer.

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Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss during a hustings event in London last week (August 31). Credit: PA Images / Alamy

Both former cabinet members campaigned to persuade Conservative party members that they were the right choice to lead the party - and the country - following Johnson's departure.

But it was former foreign secretary Truss who emerged victorious, and will now be named the 56th Prime Minister of the UK.

Tomorrow (August 6), she will join Johnson on a visit to the Queen, who is untraditionally remaining at her Scotland residence Balmoral rather than returning to Buckingham Palace to appoint the new prime minister.

After Johnson has tendered his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, the longstanding monarch will have a private audience with Truss and invite her to form a government, per Metro.

Since being elected as the Conservative MP for southwest Norfolk in 2010, Truss has held several positions in government. She was appointed Secretary of State for Justice, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Minister for Women and Equalities before becoming the Foreign Secretary in 2021.

Truss' first announcements as PM are expected to be dominated by discussion of the looming energy crisis and sky-rocketing cost of living in the UK.

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Liz Truss. Credit: Matt Crossick / Alamy

Speaking to BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg yesterday (September 4), she promised to announce a plan for rising energy costs within a week of being appointed PM.

During an appearance on BBC One's Sunday, Truss said action on energy bills would be "vital", adding that her cabinet would look to boost domestic energy supplies to prevent the UK from being so dependent on international prices.

Sunak, meanwhile, said the energy crisis was "serious" and claimed "every tool in the toolbox" would be needed to address it.

He added that were he to be announced as PM, he would target energy payments at pensioners and the low-paid, and introduce a VAT cut to energy bills.

Johnson was forced to stand down as leader back in July following several scandals in the Conservative party, including "Party-gate" and allegations of sexual misconduct against the former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher.

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Boris Johnson resigned earlier this summer. Credit: Amanda Rose / Alamy

In his leaving address outside of number 10 Downing Street, Johnson said: "I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world... But them's the breaks."

"I've agreed with Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of our backbench MPs, that the process of choosing that new leader should begin now and the timetable will be announced next week," Johnson said. "And I've today appointed a Cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place."

He also thanked his wife Carrie and their children for their support.

"Above all, I want to thank you, the British public, for the immense privilege you have given me," he added.

Johnson also sent a message of support to the people of Ukraine and vowed that the UK will continue to support their fight against Russia.

He concluded his address to the public by saying: "Being prime minister is an education in itself - I've traveled to every part of UK and I've found so many people possessed of such boundless British originality and so willing to tackle old problems in new ways.

"Even if things can sometimes seem dark now, our future together is golden."

Featured Image Credit: Imageplotter / Alamy