‘Now is the time for all Conservatives to get behind Liz Truss 100 per cent’ says Boris

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has congratulated Liz Truss on her win against Rishi Sunak to become Britain’s next Prime Minister and urged all Conservatives to get behind her.

The long-running battle to be Britain’s next prime minister drew to a close this afternoon with the chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady announcing Liz Truss as the decisive winner.

According to Mr Brady, of the 172,437 Conservative party members 60,399 voted for Rishi Sunak and 81,326 voted for Liz Truss. There was a 82.6% turnout with 654 spoiled ballots.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson immediately took the opportiunity to congratulate Ms Truss on her victory saying:

“Congratulations to Liz Truss on her decisive win. I know she has the right plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, unite our party and continue the great work of uniting and levelling up our country. Now is the time for all Conservatives to get behind her 100 per cent.”

The Prime Minister added:

“I have been proud to serve as leader of the Conservative Party for the last three years, winning the biggest majority for decades, getting Brexit done, overseeing the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe and giving vital support to Ukraine.”

Other MPs have come out and also called for Tories to now rally behind Ms Truss.

Liz Truss backer Brandon Lewis MP was one of the first to say she will deliver for the people as the UK’s new Prime Minister. The former Northern Ireland secretary told GB News:

“It’s an emphatic victory for Liz Truss, pretty much in line generally with where our membership over the centuries tends to be around that kind of figure for all the leadership elections going back to 2001.

“It is a very good, clear majority for Liz Truss I think gives us a very clear message. The party now has taken its decision.

“We now come back together, get behind the leader of the party and next prime minister, and get on with delivering for people.”

Asked about the length of the contest in a live interview with GB News’ political editor Darren McCaffrey, he said: “I hesitate to say it but people like yourself would criticise us if we did it too quickly.

“This is a big decision. We were able to get around the whole country… I was chairman of the party and organised the 2019 leadership campaign, organised the hustings all over the country to give members a chance to put their questions, get the candidates chances to answer those questions both at the live events and online events.

“It does take a bit of time and I think for a decision like this it’s right that we take the time for the members to have the chance to get it right.”

Mr Lewis, who has been tipped for a role in the new Cabinet, added: “One of the strengths of our party has always been that we are such a big wide tent, ideas, and personalities.

“We’ve got a new leader, we come together now we get behind that leader.

“I think we’ll see in the next week or so when we listen to her new chancellor, a package of measures that people recognise is going to make a positive difference, a real difference in a way that we can all get behind and make sure we’re helping people across the country.”

Asked about an energy price cap, he said: “I’m not going to predict it… it’s market sensitive, we haven’t had the fiscal event [budget] yet.

“What we’ve got to do is make sure we are affecting the challenges that hit people’s pockets, those cost delivery challenges they’re facing today whilst, as Liz Truss said just a few moments ago, dealing with a longer-term supply issue so we’re able to be more resistant to these issues in the future as well.”

Liz Truss is now spending the afternoon and evening finalising her choices for her new Cabinet and wider ministerial roles before formally becoming Prime Minister tomorrow.

Ms Truss and the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson will then travel to Scotland tomorrow where Mr Johnson is expected to announce his resignation to the Queen with his successor appointed by the monarch shortly after.

After Liz Truss has been appointed as Prime Minister, the Court Circular will record that “the prime minister kissed hands on appointment.”

The audiences at Balmoral will take place in the estate’s drawing room.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Couldn’t be happier, have followed Liz for a few years and always thought she would be Prime Minister one day. Just hope that people give her a chance to sort things out before they start piling on the hatred and unreasonable, uneducated criticism. Though no doubt the nobodies and know-nothings on Twitter will demand that she follows their pathetic advice on how she should do her job!

  2. One thing that has to be done is to remind Macron how much money we gave him to stop boats coming across the channel, and remind Europe what the treaty of Rome means.
    the immigrants have to be removed immediately, if other European countries can do it why can’t we?
    If they have to be housed put them in a detention centre on the Thames Estuary, Maplin Sands for example and do not give them any money.
    Start by going to Albania and Africa and say, do not come to England because you will be sent back, forcefully if necessary.

  3. I back Boris voted for Boris. Will not back anyone else. If Boris is not standing for PM aI next election I will not be voting tory. You can not wipe this disgust behaviour that has happened, done once can be done again. This shambles cannot happen again.

    • Yes I agree Jean I feel like I am losing a family member The treatment of Boris has upset me tremendously I have lost faith in them all now

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