Liz Truss has been elected by the Conservative Party as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak is biting in the sand. Truss is said to have plans to pump 100 billion pounds into the economy and freeze energy bills, according to the British press.
It’s official: as expected, Liz Truss will move into 10 Downing Street. The Secretary of State received 81,366 votes. Opponent Rishi Sunak got 60,399. Both candidates have been scouring member evenings all over the country in recent weeks, because it is the more than 160,000 party members who have the say. They make up barely 0.3 percent of the total British electorate.
The newspapers agree that the new prime minister has no time to lose. An answer to the high cost of living is urgently needed. It is rumored that Truss and her team will announce an energy bill freeze, although the question remains how they will finance it. Truss believes in tax cuts and wants to bet on growth, but critics fear that inflation will only rise further with her plans.
The conservative tabloids Daily Mirror and The Sun also mention an ambitious, ‘covid style£1bn bailout to get the economy back on track. Truss himself kept tight-lipped about this. She wants to wait for the 10 Downing Street briefing before taking any official steps. Speaking to the press, she only made promises ‘to work tirelessly for the people of Great Britain’.
Challenger Rishi Sunak had to give up, although he is better grounded in file knowledge and more charismatic in debates. He was especially against his image. Truss depicts him as a snob and in his party he is stamped as a ‘traitor’. It was Sunak who turned his back on Boris Johnson in early July, along with then health minister Sajid Javid, after which Johnson’s premiership quickly crumbled. Some conservative party members are already battling Johnson nostalgia.
The prime minister-elect will give a short speech on Monday afternoon. Boris Johnson is expected to say goodbye to Downing Street on Tuesday morning and submit his resignation to the British Queen. After that, his successor must immediately put together a new government. The first appointments are expected to be announced on Thursday.