British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has been named the new leader of the ruling Conservative Party. Truss will be commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II to form the government tomorrow and will become the country’s new prime minister.
After Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation, the leadership race in the Conservative Party started with the votes in the party’s parliamentary group, and in the last of these votes, former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss took the first two places.
Members of the party elected the new leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore the new prime minister of Britain.
In the election, 172 thousand 438 members of the party voted. Liz Truss received 81,326 of the votes and Altar received 60,399 of the votes.
While 654 votes were deemed invalid, the voter turnout was 82.6 percent.
Praise to Boris Johnson
Liz Truss, the leader of the Conservative Party and in her speech after the announcement that she will become the new prime minister of the UK, said it was an honor to be elected to the leadership of the party.
Truss, who thanked all the other candidates, especially Rishi Sunak, with whom he competed for the leadership, said that the election campaign was tough and this process showed the “depth of talented people” within the party.
Liz Truss thanked Boris Johnson for defying the Kremlin, paving the way for Britain to leave the European Union thanks to Brexit, paving the way for the development of the Covid vaccine, and “defeating” former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Saying that he has a “bold plan” to cut taxes and grow the economy in the UK, Truss promised to develop long-term supply solutions for the energy crisis.
Truss also promised that his party would defeat the Labor Party in the 2024 general election.
The last general election won by the Conservative Party in England was held on 12 December 2019.
Liz Truss is not required to hold early elections as prime minister.
The first challenge facing Truss in his new role will be tackling the energy crisis.
Truss told the BBC on Sunday that he had promised to make public a plan to address the energy crisis within a week if he became prime minister. Truss said he would act “immediately to help the public pay their energy bills” but did not reveal the details of his plan.
It is reported that freezing energy bills is among the options within Truss’ plans.
Speaking to the BBC, a source from Truss’ team said that “many measures” are on the agenda, and a statement on this could be made on Thursday.
One of the first to congratulate Liz Truss was Keir Starmer, leader of the main opposition Labor Party.
However, after 12 years of Conservative Party rule, Starmer said that the result was low salaries, high prices and increased living costs, and that the new beginning that England needed would only come into question under the Labor Party government.
Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, also argued that the crisis and turmoil environment in the Boris Johnson era will continue under Liz Truss.
“From cost of living to the NHS crisis, the Conservatives have shown they have no plans and they don’t care. It’s time to regulate rising energy prices and call early elections,” Davey said.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon also congratulated Liz Truss on her victory and said she wished to have a good working relationship with her.
Describing the political differences between him and Truss as quite deep, Truss also called for the freezing of electricity bills.
Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford also congratulated Truss and said that it is necessary to work cooperatively to combat the rising cost of living.
Rishi Sunak, who finished second in the leadership race within the Conservative Party, also shared a tweet in which he thanked all the delegates who voted for him.
Sunak stated that the party should now unite around Liz Truss.
Boris Johnson, who will hand over the post of prime minister to Truss, said: “I know he has the right plan to fight the cost of living, reunite the party and move our country forward. The Conservatives now need to give him 100 percent support.”
European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said she looks forward to working with Truss and hopes to establish a constructive relationship with him.