UK: Conservative party appoints Liz Truss to succeed Boris Johnson

Published on: 05/09/2022 – 13:38Modified on: 05/09/2022 – 13:58 Liz Truss, a loyal supporter of Boris Johnson, was appointed Monday to become the new British Prime Minister. She wins against former finance minister Rishi Sunak in a postal vote of members of the Conservative Party. The Tories have decided: Liz Truss will succeed Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street. Following a vote, the results of which were announced on Monday, September 5, the 200,000 members of the Conservative Party chose the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who remained loyal to the outgoing Prime Minister to the end. Liz Truss, 47 , beat his rival, the former finance minister Rishi Sunak, by 81,326 votes against 60,399, announced Graham Brady, responsible for the organization of the internal election, that is to say 57% of the votes against 43%.”We must show that we will deliver on our promises over the next two years. I will present a bold plan to lower taxes and grow our economy,” Truss said after the results were announced. “I will face the energy crisis, focusing on citizens’ bills, but also on dealing with the long-term problems we have on energy supply”.>> To read: Liz Truss, the heiress of Thatcherism to succeed Boris JohnsonThe Minister for Foreign Affairs seduced promising massive tax cuts and taking a very hard line against unions. For his part, Rishi Sunak, a wealthy ex-banker, lost points by advocating an economic realism far from “fairy tales” and was seen as a technocrat giving lessons unable to understand the difficulties of households.Liz Truss must go to Scotland on Tuesday to meet Queen Elizabeth, who will ask her to form a government. A long-time favorite to succeed Boris Johnson, who resigned in July after repeated scandals, Liz Truss becomes the fourth representative of the Conservative Party to take head of government since the 2015 elections. With AFP and Reuters