Liz Truss Becomes The Third Female Prime Minister Of the UK
Liz Truss is the new prime minister of the UK. She received 57.7% votes while her closest rival Rish Sunak got only 42.6% votes. The results for the closely fought battle for the top post were announced around 12:35 pm on Monday.
• Rishi Sunak did better than expected in the Tory Party elections
• He congratulated Liz Truss and offered all support
• Liz Truss is unlikely to accommodate Rishi Sunak in her government
What Are The Results Of The Tory Party Elections?
The total number of eligible voters was 172,437 out of which 654 votes were rejected. The share of Liz Truss and Rish Sunak’s votes was 60,399 and 81,326 respectively. The turnout of the votes was 82.6%. Sir Graham Brady, returning officer for the Conservative and Unionist Party leadership election announced Liz Truss as the elected candidate.
How did Rishi Sunak Lose The Elections?
Rishi Sunak did fairly well throughout the seven weeks long campaigning but he couldn’t withstand the accusation of “backstabber” that followed him throughout the campaign. Boris Johnson blamed Rishi Sunak for the downfall of his government. He even started an “anyone but Rishi” movement to defeat Rishi. On the contrary, Liz Truss presented herself as a loyalist to Boris.
Rishi Sunak also face personal attacks on his wife like she wasn’t paying taxes while Rishi Sunak was putting them up for others. His non-dom status was also a reason for his defeat. The Tory members also rejected his proposal that the government shouldn’t cut taxes before it had tamed elections. But if Liz Truss fails to win the 2024 general elections, Rishi Sunak could try another attempt at leadership.
What Is Up For Liz Truss?
As prime minister of the UK, Liz Truss gets ready to face the toughest challenge of steering the country out of difficult times. She has promised a smaller government and tax cuts but the Britons are expecting more than simple tax reductions. She is waiting to see the Queen at her Scottish holiday home in Balmoral before moving into 10 Downing Street. But she did not indicate that she is considering Rishi Sunak for a job in her small government.