Liz Truss to become next Prime Minister

Rt Hon Liz Truss, MP for South West Norfolk and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, will become the next Prime Minister after it was announced she had won the Conservative Party leadership election this afternoon (5 September 2022).

Ms Truss secured 81,326 votes (57%) compared to Rishi Sunak’s 60,399 (43%).

In a short speech after the results were announced, Ms Truss committed to “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. And I will deliver on the National Health Service”.

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, supported Ms Truss during the campaign. He commented: “I am delighted Liz has been elected as our new Party Leader and will become our next Prime Minister. She’s incredibly talented and experienced, and I know she will implement the bold Conservative policies needed to continue to grow our economy, deal with the problems facing our nation and unleash our country’s full potential”.