Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, has officially been announced as the new leader of the Conservative Party, and subsequently will become the third female Prime Minister in British history.
Truss’ appointment follows a tumultuous leadership election campaign that arose after the dramatic resignation of current Prime Minister Boris Johnson in June.
Johnson’s resignation sparked a bitter divide among Conservative Party members and the general public, with numerous candidates throwing their hats into the ring in a bid to become his successor.
Following today’s result, which saw Truss receive 57% of votes from party members, Prime Minister Johnson will travel to Scotland on Tuesday to meet Queen Elizabeth II to officially tender his resignation. Truss is scheduled to then make the same trip, where she will be asked by the monarch to form a new government.
The formal transfer of leadership, which has traditionally always taken place at Buckingham Palace, will on this occasion take place in the Queen’s Scotland residence of Balmoral, where she is said to be residing due to declining health.
As the UK’s next Prime Minister, Truss has pledged to address the drastically worsening energy crisis, reduce taxes, and has promised to offer continued financial and military support to Ukraine.
In a Tweet posted on her official campaign account on Twitter, she thanked Conservative Party members for their support, saying: “I am honoured to be elected Leader of the Conservative Party. Thank you for putting your trust in me to lead and deliver for our great country. I will take bold action to get all of us through tough times, grow our economy, and unleash the United Kingdom’s potential.”
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