Liz Truss is the new British Prime Minister – POLITICO


LONDON — Liz Truss has been named the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth.

Predecessor Boris Johnson tendered his resignation at Balmoral Castle earlier on Tuesday morning before Truss, the former foreign secretary, was asked to form a government by the 96-year-old monarch.

The hearing, known as the ‘kissing hands’ – although the hands are no longer kissed – was held at Queen Elizabeth’s estate in Aberdeenshire rather than her London residence, Buckingham Palace, in because of concerns about his mobility.

Truss will return to London to deliver a speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s official residence, later on Tuesday afternoon.

She will then begin naming her top team, with her close political ally Kwasi Kwarteng, Johnson’s business secretary, expected to be announced as Truss’ chancellor.

It comes after Truss emerged victorious from the long summer Conservative Party leadership race, which was sparked by Johnson’s resignation following a Cabinet revolt over his handling of a series of scandals.

Truss became the Tory leader after beating former Chancellor Rishi Sunak by a 57-43% margin in a party membership ballot.

In her acceptance speech, she pledged to deliver on a series of campaign promises, including a series of tax cuts and help with soaring energy costs.

“I campaigned as a Conservative and I will govern as a Conservative,” she said on Monday.

The new Prime Minister will appear before MPs during the traditional weekly Prime Minister’s Question Time on Wednesday midday.

Further reading: POLITICO backstage watch how Truss beat Sunak; our essential introduction to the new British Prime Minister; and an in-depth examination of Truss’ agenda for government.

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