LIZ CROWNED PM New Prime Minister announcement LIVE: Liz Truss WINS Tory leader race to become UK’s next PM after beating Rishi Sunak

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LIZ CROWNED PM New Prime Minister announcement LIVE: Liz Truss WINS Tory leader race to become UK’s next PM after beating Rishi Sunak
LIZ CROWNED PM New Prime Minister announcement LIVE: Liz Truss WINS Tory leader race to become UK’s next PM after beating Rishi Sunak

LIZ Truss will be Britain’s next Prime Minister after she today vanquished Rishi Sunak to be crowned the new Tory leader.

She will succeed Boris Johnson as the country’s 56th premier after being formally appointed by the Queen at Balmoral tomorrow.

The Foreign Secretary easily saw off the former Chancellor, beating him by 81,325 votes to 60,399 – a 57.4 per cent majority.

Ms Truss has been the frontrunner throughout the bruising summer contest, streaking ahead in the polls by wooing grassroots Tory members with her promise of bumper tax cuts.

But she will enter Downing Street with the most daunting economic circumstances since the 1970s as inflation bites.

Giving her victory speech in Westminster, the PM elect said: “I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy.

“I will deliver on the energy crisis dealing with people’s energy bills, but also dealing with the long term issues we have on energy supply.”

She is expected to announce her energy plans within the next week to cushion Brits from crippling bill hikes.

Freezing energy prices is on the cards, as is dishing out more cash help for the poorest in society.

In her speech she also rallied members to pull out the stops ahead of the next election in two years time.

She said: “We will deliver a great victory for the Conservative Party in 2024.”

Rishi Sunak urges the Tory party to rally behind Liz Truss

The Tory leadership race has seen Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak come to blows over their policies.

Mr Sunak even accused his rival’s plan of throwing millions of people into “destitution”.

But the defeated candidate has now urged the party to come together, calling on it to “unite behind the new PM”.

  • Truss wins… but not by as much as BorisLiz Truss won 57 per cent of Tory members to beat Rishi Sunak – but by a much smaller margin than Boris Johnson in 2019.The outgoing PM bagged 66.4 per cent of the vote last time when he demolished then rival Jeremy Hunt.Deltapoll’s Joe Twyman says “the size of victory for Truss is the smallest in the history of Conservative leadership contests”.
  • Truss pays tribute to outgoing BorisLiz Truss said: “I want to thank our outgoing leader, my friend Boris Johnson.”Boris, you got Brexit done. You crushed Jeremy Corbyn. You rolled out the vaccine, and you stood up to Vladimir Putin. You are admired from Kyiv to Carlisle.”

Truss: I will help Brits with their bills

Giving her victory speech in Westminster, the PM elect said: “I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy.

“I will deliver on the energy crisis dealing with people’s energy bills, but also dealing with the long term issues we have on energy supply.”

She is expected to announce her energy plans within the next week to cushion Brits from crippling bill hikes.

  • BREAKING: Liz Truss WINS Tory leadership raceLiz Truss will become Britain’s next PM after beating Rishi Sunak to become Tory leader.Ms Truss will officially succeed Boris Johnson as the UK’s 56th premier tomorrow after meeting the Queen.Ms Truss is now making a victory speech to Tory members in Westminster.
  • Moments away…We’re now just moments away from the results.Tory chair Andrew Stephenson is currently addressing Tory members and praising both candidates.

Grinning Liz Truss arrives at the results announcement

The smile of a victor? Liz Truss has now arrived at the results event in Westminster where she is expected to be crowned Tory leader.

She and Rishi Sunak will be told of the results 15 minutes ahead of the 12.30 announcement.

The winner will then give a short speech to the assembled faithful of Tory politicians and members.

Tory chiefs head to the results announcement

Tory Party chiefs make the short walk from Conservative HQ to the QEII where Britain’s next PM – and their next leader – will be revealed.

From left to right: Party CEO Darren Mott, co-chairman Andrew Stephenson, 1922 chair Sir Graham Brady, who will read the results, and the other co-chairman Ben Elliot.

GB News’ Darren McCaffrey has the pic.

  • Tory grandee says leadership contests should be ‘shortened’A Tory grandee has called for future leadership contests to be shortened, as Britain waits to find out who will be the next PM.Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the treasurer of the 1922 Committee, told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “Now as a result of how we see it’s gone, we will need to rethink if and when it should happen again,””I would shorten the process of members in the country.”There was no reason why it couldn’t have been shortened. We could have had more than one hustings a day. I think it’s just been too long.”
  • Liz Truss ‘considering freezing energy bills’ if she becomes PMTory leadership hopeful Liz Truss is “strongly considering freezing energy bils”, according to reports this morning.The Foreign Secretary is widely tipped to win the Conservative leadership race on Monday, before being handed the keys to Number 10 the following day.If she wins the race to Downing Street, she will become Britain’s third-ever female prime minister.Having made tax cuts a key priority during her leadership campaign, Ms Truss had remained tight-lipped into Sunday about what kind of support package she might introduce as the UK faces the prospect of soaring energy bills and a worsening cost-of-living crisis.But reports in The Daily Telegraph and The Times on Monday suggest Ms Truss will likely introduce an energy bills freeze in some form.The Times reports the package could be on the scale of the furlough scheme introduced by then-Chancellor Rishi Sunak when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, while the Telegraph suggests the specifics of such a policy are still being debated.
  • Big challenges face the next PM
    Whoever becomes Britain’s next PM today faces a bulging in-tray of problems that need urgent address.Both candidates have declared the cost of living crisis their most pressing priority as energy bills set are to rocket to around £6,000.But other hurdles include crippling strikes, the groaning NHS backlog, the war in Ukraine and illegal immigration.
  • New PM will be in for ‘a bit of chaotic day’Britain’s new prime minister will be thrown straight into the fire today with a busy to-do list, an ex-cabinet secretary has said.Lord O’Donnell, who was cabinet secretary when David Cameron took over from Gordon Brown, said the new prime minister’s first hours in office will be “the highlight of their career” but “a bit of a chaotic day”.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “This is an incredibly exciting day for that person coming through the door at No 10, it’s the highlight of their career and that may be the biggest moment in their lives”.He said the Cabinet Secretary greets them at the door and they get clapped in by staff before going into the Cabinet Room.”It’s that moment that I remember – David Cameron putting his head in his hands and thinking ‘Oh my god, what have I let myself in for?’,” the former head of the Civil Service said.He said the new premier receives the nuclear codes, “quite scary” security and intelligence briefings, and phone calls from world leaders and people “claiming to be your mum or your dad”, as they also get on with appointing their Cabinet and consider policy issues.
  • How is the new Prime Minister chosen?The new Prime Minister will be announced at 12:30pm this afternoon.Members of the Conservative party voted for the new PM.Polls closed on 2 September.The last time there was a ballot of party members, 160,000 voted.It is not clear how many voted on this occasion.
  • How are Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak qualified to be PM?Both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have served in different Cabinet jobs throughout their career.Ms Truss is the longest continuously serving Cabinet Minister, having held the posts of Foreign Secretary, Trade Secretary, Justice Secretary, Environment Secretary and Chief Secretary to the Treasury.Mr Sunak was the former Chancellor and previously served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and housing minister.
  • Who will be in Liz Truss’ Cabinet?Liz Truss is expected to promote several of her key allies to top jobs if she becomes Britain’s next PM.None of the four most senior posts in government are expected to be held by white men.Her Cabinet could include:
    Kwasi Kwarteng – Chancellor
    James Cleverly – Foreign Secretary
    Suella Braverman – Home Secretary
    Therese Coffey – Deputy PM and Health Secretary

The Sun Says… Act fast, Liz

LIZ Truss’s supporters say she is ready to hit the ground running if, as expected, she is announced today as the new PM.

Let’s hope they are right.

Because whether it is Liz or Rishi Sunak who has won the pointlessly long leadership campaign, they will be facing the worst in-tray of any PM since Margaret Thatcher.

There is no time for a warm-up, and that goes for their Cabinet as well, who need to be selected on merit — not which side they picked in the interminable squabble for No10.

The incoming PM will need to have immediate answers for the cost of living crisis, illegal migration and other problems that have festered for two months while the infighting dragged on and on.#

Read more on our comment piece here.

Rishi Sunak prepares to learn his fate

Rishi Sunak leaves his Kensington home this morning as he prepares to learn the results of the Tory leadership contest.

The former Chancellor is not expected to overcome Liz Truss’ seemingly unassailable lead to become PM.

He has struggled to shake accusations he knifed Boris Johnson in the back – and his central pitch to hold off on tax cuts has failed to capture the hearts of Tory members.

Mr Sunak has vowed to remain in politics as an MP if he loses, rather than jetting back to California as some had expected.