Liz Truss Britain’s Next Prime Minister Amid Recession Fears

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

LONDON (Worthy News) -British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was elected ’s next prime minister and the new leader of the Conservative Party on Monday after beating her rival in a crucial party vote, but recession fears overshadowed the election joy.

Truss won her Conservative Party’s hard-fought contest to replace Prime Minister after what she called “one of the longest job interviews in history.” The official results, announced under laud applause, showed that she received 81,326 votes against 60,399 for her political adversary, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

She paid tribute to the outgoing premier, who was pressured to quit after a series of scandals calling him “My friend Boris Johnson.”

Truss also said: “Boris, you got Brexit done,” referring to Britain’s exit from the . “You crushed [former Labour Party leader] Jeremy Corbyn; you rolled out the (COVID-19) vaccine. And you stood up to [Russian President] Vladimir Putin. You were admired from Kyiv to Carlisle,” she added.

The 47-year-old married mother of two said she realized she would take over the political leadership in a nation facing the specter of a deep recession amid soaring energy bills and potential fuel shortages.

“During this leadership campaign, I campaigned as a Conservative, and I will govern as a conservative,” Truss told party delegates. “And my friends, we need to show that we will deliver over the next two years,” she stressed. “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,” Truss pledged. She also promised to reform the struggling National Health Service, NHS.

But opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer expressed his doubts, saying she is “not on the side of working people.” “We’ve heard far more from the latest prime minister about cuts to corporation tax over the summer than we have about the cost-of-living crisis, the single most important thing that’s bearing down on so many millions of households,” he told reporters.

OUT OF TOUCH?

“That shows not only that she’s out of touch, but she’s not on the side of working people. So she needs to deal with the cost-of-living crisis, she needs to deal with the fact the NHS is on its knees, and she needs to deal with the collapse of law and order,” Starmer argued.

“There can be no justification for not freezing energy prices. There’s a political consensus that needs to happen. She needs to ask the question of how she’s going to pay for that,” the opposition politician said. Labour, he added, “made it clear, it needs to be a windfall tax on oil and gas companies.” So, “she needs to show that she actually understands and can meet the challenges that are there after 12 years of failure of this Tory Government,” Starmer stated.

Liz Truss rose from the obscurity and loneliness of being an opposition councilor on a Labour-dominated local authority to the biggest job.

She says her icon is the late deeply conservative Prime Minister Margareth Thatcher, a woman she claims “turned the country around during difficult times.”

It’s now up to Truss to show that she has similar qualities.

She is to become prime minister on Tuesday, after a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at her summer retreat, Balmoral Castle, in Scotland. Truss will then speak at her official residence at 10 Downing Street in London before announcing the new cabinet and getting to work as the 15th prime minister under the queen’s reign.

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