Liz Truss set to be UK prime minister

Elizabeth Truss on 5 September was elected the new leader of the Conservative Party and on Tuesday will be named the United Kingdom’s prime minister by Queen Elizabeth II.

Since August, around 160-180,000 members of the British Conservative party were invited to cast their vote, with final entries being registered on 2 September. Truss’ promise to cancel a scheduled increase in corporation tax, to cutting out VAT taxes and to help people with cost-of-living support will have convinced the majority of the party.

Forty-seven-year-old Truss is taking over the position held by Boris Johnson. On 7 July Johnson had announced his decision to step down following the resignation of 50 members of his government fed up with the scandals Johnson was involved in–notably attending parties during covid lockdown and finally denying awareness of sexual harassment accusations against MP Chris Pincher.