Liz Truss sworn in as Prime Minister today

Liz Truss sworn in as Prime Minister today
Liz Truss sworn in as Prime Minister today
International6 Sep ’22 06:02Updated on 6 Sep ’22 09:13Author: BNR Web Editor

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth today. Shortly after, Her Majesty will receive the new Conservative Party leader Liz Truss and ask that a government be formed in her name.

The Queen normally receives the new head of government at Buckingham Palace, but this time Elizabeth will remain in Scotland for health reasons. Johnson and Truss therefore travel to her estate Balmoral Castle.

Fifteen Prime Ministers

In the no less than seventy years that Elizabeth II has now sat on the British throne, she has seen fifteen prime ministers pass by. The first Prime Minister in Elizaberth’s era was Winston Churchill and Liz Truss will be the sixteenth after her appointment. Truss’s third wife in that position, following her party colleagues Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

Also read | Liz Truss succeeds Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister

Boris Johnson bids farewell as UK Prime Minister with a final speech. On a packed Downing Street, he addressed fellow party members and relatives in front of his official residence. He compared his three years as head of government to a ‘missile that has now completed its tasks’. Now Johnson says he is, like a rocket, “coming back into the atmosphere to land undetected somewhere in a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean”.

Downing Street 10

After the Queen’s visit, Truss will return to London to give a speech in front of her new official residence at 10 Downing Street. The rest of the day Truss will be assembling her squad of ministers.

Former finance minister Rishi Sunak will not be given a role in her new cabinet, The Guardian reports. Sunak was Truss’ main rival for the Conservative Party leadership.

Within hours of Truss being declared the race winner, Priti Patel said she is stepping down as home secretary. Suella Braverman, currently the government’s attorney general, is expected to take over Patel’s post. Thérèse Coffey, the current Minister of Work and Pensions, is expected to become Minister of Health under Truss.

What are the plans?

Wednesday awaits the first weekly question time in the House of Commons, where the opposition wants to hear what its plans are to tackle the economic crisis in the United Kingdom. She said in her victory speech Monday that she will come up with a “bold plan” to cut taxes and grow the economy.

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