Liz Truss has been elected leader of England’s ruling Conservative Party and succeeds Boris

Johnson as the country’s prime minister.

Truss, age 47, had previously served as England’s foreign secretary and was the front-runner in

the race to replace Johnson. She also previously served as minister for the environment, justice,

and international trade.

Truss won the Conservative leadership race by appealing to right-wing hardliners as a tax-

cutting candidate who would take a hard line in future dealings with the European Union (EU).

She beat former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak by a vote of 57% to 43% in the leadership

contest. She assumes the top job heading into a potential winter energy crisis, widespread

union strikes, and an economic recession in England.

As leader of Britain’s largest political party, Truss will be appointed prime minister by Queen

Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle in Scotland later today (September 6). Truss becomes England’s

third female prime minister, following Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

Boris Johnson announced his resignation this past July after multiple scandals led a majority of

his own party to abandon him.

Most of Britain’s 67 million people had no say in Truss’ election. Instead, she was chosen by the

Conservative Party’s 180,000 members. Truss has not proven to be overly popular in public

opinion polls.

The next general election in England might not take place until 2025. Current polls give the

opposition Labour Party a large lead over the Conservatives following the scandals that plagued

Boris Johnson.

Truss has said that her priorities will be England’s cost-of-living crisis that includes rising bills for

food and energy (electricity and gas bills are set to triple in the coming months), fears of rolling

blackouts this winter, and inflation that has sent wages falling.

In her acceptance speech over the weekend, Truss vowed to cut taxes and said: “I will deliver

on the energy crisis.”

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