Tuesday September 06, 2022

Liz Truss becomes UK prime minister

Liz Truss becomes UK prime minister

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Liz Truss during an audience at Balmoral, Scotland. AP

Liz Truss formally became the new UK prime minister after being appointed by Queen Elizabeth II during an audience at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.

Royal officials released a picture of the monarch and Truss shaking hands to formalise her appointment, after Boris Johnson earlier tendered his resignation.

At the top of her in-box is the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which threatens to push energy bills to unaffordable levels, shuttering businesses and leaving the nation’s poorest people shivering in icy homes this winter.

Truss, who refused to spell out her energy strategy during the two-month campaign to succeed Boris Johnson, now plans to cap energy bills at a cost to taxpayers of as much as 100 billion pounds ($116 billion), British news media reported Tuesday. She is expected to unveil her plan on Thursday.

"You must know about the cost of living crisis in England, which is really quite bad at the moment,” Rebecca Macdougal, 55, who works in law enforcement, said outside the Houses of Parliament.
"She’s making promises for that, as she says she’s going to deliver, deliver, deliver," she said. "But we will see in, hopefully, the next few weeks there’ll be some announcements which will help the normal working person.”

Agencies


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