Liz Truss has been named as the leader of the governing Conservative Party and Britain’s next Prime Minister on Monday, September 5th, taking power at a time when the country faces a high cost of living crisis, industrial unrest and a recession. Truss defeated rival Rishi Sunak with 81,326 votes to 60,399 among party members and will take over as leader on Tuesday, September 6th, as Britons face a mounting economic and social crisis. She will succeed Boris Johnson, who resigned in July after a series of scandals.
She pledged action to tackle the crisis in a short victory speech at a conference centre in London on Monday. Without offering details, Truss promised a ‘bold plan’ to cut taxes, build economic growth, and deliver on the energy crisis.
“We must show that we will deliver over the next two years. I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy,” Truss said after the result was declared. “I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy bills, and the long-term issues we have on energy supply.”