Liz Truss Wins Conservative Leadership Race Becoming UK’s Next Prime Minister
5 Sep 2022
Liz Truss will become the UK’s next prime minister after defeating Rishi Sunak in the Conservative Party leadership contest.
Truss secured the backing of more than
81,000 party members to become the new
leader of the Conservative Party and the nations fourth PM since 2016.
Seen as the frontrunner Truss won by a smaller than expected margin of 57 to 43 per cent.
In her acceptance speech the incoming PM honed in on the message of delivering for the UK people.
“I know that our beliefs resonate with the
British people: our beliefs in freedom, in the ability to control your own life, in low taxes, in personal responsibility”, she said.
“I know that’s why people voted for us in such numbers in 2019 and as your party leader I intend to deliver what we promised those voters right across our great country,”
“I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy, dealing with people’s energy bills and also the long term problems we have with energy supply,” adding she would also “deliver on the NHS.”
Departing PM Boris Johnson congratulated calling “for all Conservatives to get behind her 100 per cent.”
In his moment of defeat former Chancellor Sunak also called for the Conservative Party to unite behind Truss.
She will now fly to Balmoral, the queen’s Highland estate, on Tuesday to be officially sworn in as prime minister before choosing her new Cabinet.