Liz Truss will replace Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister on Tuesday
LONDON, September 6 (Reuters) – Liz Truss will replace Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister on Tuesday, traveling to see Queen Elizabeth in Scotland before appointing a new team of senior cabinet ministers to tackle the economic crisis and bring her deeply divided party together.
Truss beat rival Rishi Sunak in a vote of Conservative Party members for the party leadership, promising to deliver tax cuts and help people pay their energy bills and Britain faces a growing energy crisis.
“Thank you for trusting me to lead and deliver for our great country,” Truss said.
“I will take bold steps to get us all through these tough times, to grow our economy and unlock the UK’s potential.”
She will succeed Boris Johnson, who was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandals that saw support for his administration dry up and ministers resign to force him out.
Johnson will deliver a speech outside Downing Street and then travel to Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth at her Balmoral Castle residence to formally hand in his resignation.
Truss will follow him and be asked to form a government by the monarch, before addressing the country himself, then starting appointments to his team of ministers.
A long favorite to replace him, Truss will become the Conservatives’ fourth prime minister in seven years.
Since then, Britain has stumbled from crisis to crisis. Now there is the prospect of a long recession and further increases in inflation, which hit double digits in July.
Although Britain is familiar with the choice – and replacement – of prime ministers, the day’s choreography will have an unusual feel, with Queen Elizabeth meeting Johnson and Truss at Balmoral rather than Buckingham Palace.
The Palace announced last week that the Queen would appoint the new Prime Minister to Balmoral, where she spends her summers, due to mobility issues.
Queen Elizabeth, in whose reign there have been 14 prime ministers before Truss, has had to scale back her public appearances in recent months due to such issues, and also spent a night in hospital last October with an illness not specified.
Truss must therefore travel to Balmoral to become prime minister, a round trip of about a thousand miles, rather than the two mile round trip that prime ministers usually enjoy.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by David Evans)
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