The United Kingdom has elected Lizz Truzz as its new Prime Minister following the resignation of the former occupant of the position, Borris Johnson.
Truss became the PM-elect after winning an internal leadership contest of the ruling Conservative party.
She defeated her rival, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, by 81,326 votes to 60,399, after a summer-long internal contest sparked by Johnson’s resignation in July.
The woke-bashing Foreign Secretary Truss is expected to succeed where Johnson, Theresa May and David Cameron have all failed since 2016.
Truss has promised to take immediate actions in her first few weeks on Energy ad it’s supply bills, a polity she has used to woo the electorate into electing her.
Among many other things, the United Kingdom is in search of a political leader who can combat the rising cost of energy in the country.
No doubt Truss won the electorate’s heart as she was known as a lover of low taxes and small states.
Listed below are 10 things you should know about the incoming UK PM Truss:
1) Truss is a Conservative. She’s 47 years old and has been an MP for 12 years and a Cabinet minister for eight, serving under three prime ministers.
2) She’s expected to resume work as Prime Minister on Tuesday but her current position is foreign secretary, meaning she’s also the country’s point person for post-Brexit EU relations.
3) The incoming U.K. leader was born in Oxford, and grew up in Scotland and then Leeds, in the north of England, attending a school she later accused of setting “low expectations” for its pupils.
4) She also had a spell in Canada before belatedly settling into the tried-and-tested route to Westminster; a degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University.
5) Truss is married to accountant Hugh O’Leary, with whom she has two daughters and will become 47, will be only the UK’s third female prime minister following Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher..
6) Seen as a libertarian and lover of low taxes and small states, she co-wrote ‘Britannia Unchained,’ a 2012 book by newly-elected Tory MPs pitched as a wake-up call for low-productivity Britain.
7) Proved to be a pragmatic shape-shifter throughout her career, she wisely kept her hands squeaky clean during the brutal Conservative coup that called time on scandal-hit Johnson, refusing to openly criticize him — yet managing to avoid being seen as part of the inner Johnson circle.
8) Truss takes the helm at a tumultuous time for Britain, which is battling soaring energy costs (in part ramped by the war in Ukraine) and teetering on the brink of a full-blown recession.
9) On the political front, Truss is tasked with turning around the fortunes of a Conservative Party that’s been in power for 12 years and has seen its popularity fall off a cliff this year as Johnson fluffed the response to a host of scandals. No pressure, Liz.
10) However, she used to be a Liberal Democrat. The small-state libertarian had a misspent youth as a representative of Britain’s tree-hugging, socks-and-sandals-wearing, centre-left opposition party, telling its 1994 conference that she’d be up for abolishing the monarchy.
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