LIZ Truss is Britain’s next Prime Minister after she won 57% of the Tory membership vote – and promised a “bold plan” to cut taxes and tackle the energy crisis.
Rishi Sunak’s dreams of reaching No10 have been shattered for now, with the former Chancellor racking up 60,399 votes compared to Ms Truss’ 81,326.
The long-awaited result was announced today at a packed out QEII centre in Westminster.
Hundreds of card carrying Conservatives watched as backbench 1922 Committee Chair Sir Graham Brady read out the result.
In her victory speech Ms Truss told the crowd: “I’d like to thank the 1922 Committee, the party chairman and the Conservative Party for organising one of the longest job interviews in history.
“I will 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.
“I know that we will deliver. And we we will deliver a great victory for the Conservative Party in 2024.”
Ms Truss also paid tribute to her “friend” Boris Johnson, telling the crowd he delivered Brexit and “rose to the challenge” of the pandemic and war in Ukraine.
The new Tory leader managed to woo over Tory members with the promise of a tax-cutting bonanza.
Around £30 billion worth of taxes are set to be slashed.