OPINION - Talking Point: How do you feel about the new PM?
Liz Truss gave a short victory speech after seeing off the final remaining contender, Rishi Sunak, in the Tory leadership race. “I think we have shown the depth and breadth of talent in our Conservative Party,” she beamed. Her supporters, and her opponents, might well agree.
Truss appeared nailed on to win the vote throughout endless hustings and media appearances (and non-appearances), none of which were evidently able to galvanise sufficient support for Sunak or the fellow contenders before him. (Remember as far back as two months ago, in a brief moment of a heatwave, Sajid Javid among others having designs on the post?)
In the end, with just over 57% of party members voting for Truss instead of Sunak, it was a lower winning margin than was enjoyed by her predecessors Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith (Michael Howard and Theresa May were voted in uncontested).
Liz Truss - In pictures
Having finally had it confirmed the Tory party weren’t Ready 4 Rishi, we will instead see Liz Truss become the country’s fourth PM in No 10 in the space of just over six years.
Getting her feet behind the desk might well have been the easy bit. As Standard writer Philip Collins put it, she’s got the in-tray from hell to deal with.
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