NEW: Conservative Liz Truss to become the UK's next prime minister
· Sep 5, 2022 ·

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has won a bid to become the nation's next prime minister following Boris Johnson's resignation last month.

Truss beat out Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor (chief executive of the treasury), with 67% of the vote.

Truss has served in various Cabinet positions under three prime ministers: David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. She has served as a member of Parliament since 2010.

Johnson was ousted by his own party in July following a series of scandals that cast doubt on his character with the public.

Truss commended her predecessor for his achievements in her speech before fellow members of the the UK's Conservative Party, often referred to as the "Tories."

"I know that our beliefs resonate with the British people: our beliefs in freedom, in the ability to control your own life, in low taxes, in personal responsibility," she said. "I know that's why people voted for us in such numbers in 2019 and as your party leader I intend to deliver what we promised those voters right across our great country."

She also addressed the ongoing energy crisis that is crippling the nation alongside most of western Europe.

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.

After winning the contest to lead the Tories in their majority control of Parliament, Truss is expected to be officially appointed prime minister by Queen Elizabeth II in due course.

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