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Truss wins Tory leadership race and faces daunting challenge as PM

Liz Truss will replace Boris Johnson as British prime minister after defeating Rishi Sunak in the race for the Conservative Party leadership.

September 5, 2022
By David Hughes, PA Political Editor
5 September 2022

Liz Truss will become the country’s third female prime minister after securing victory in the Tory leadership contest.

She also will be the nation’s fourth prime minister in a little over six years – the fastest turnover in new occupants of 10 Downing Street for nearly a century.

Since the summer of 2016 the country has seen the last weeks of David Cameron’s premiership, the start and end of Theresa May’s time as prime minister, plus the entirety of Boris Johnson’s spell in the top job.

Conservative leadership bid
Liz Truss will become the next prime minister after victory in the Tory leadership contest (Rob Pinney/PA)

She defeated rival Rishi Sunak with 81,326 votes to 60,399 and will take over as prime minister on Tuesday with the immediate challenge of easing the cost-of-living crisis for households across the country faced with soaring energy bills.

Boris Johnson will depart No 10 on Tuesday and Ms Truss will fly to Balmoral to meet the Queen for the formal handover of power.

She will then begin work putting together a response to the energy crisis, with support promised within days.

Truss said she was honoured to be elected leader on Twitter and thanked her supporters.

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