OPINION - Talking Point: How do you feel about the new PM?

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Foreign Secretary and soon-to-be Prime Minister Liz Truss in Downing Street (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)
Foreign Secretary and soon-to-be Prime Minister Liz Truss in Downing Street (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)

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

(Jeremy Selwyn)
(Jeremy Selwyn)
Queen Elizabeth II greeting Liz Truss (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II greeting Liz Truss (PA)
Margaret Thatcher  visiting Trinity St Sergius monastery in Zagorsk, 70 kms northeast of Moscow on 29 March 1987 and Liz Truss arriving to visit the Holodomor Monument at the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocidein Kyiv (AFP via Getty Images)
Margaret Thatcher visiting Trinity St Sergius monastery in Zagorsk, 70 kms northeast of Moscow on 29 March 1987 and Liz Truss arriving to visit the Holodomor Monument at the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocidein Kyiv (AFP via Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he sits next to his wife Carrie Johnson, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Home Secretary Priti Patel during the National Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, (REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he sits next to his wife Carrie Johnson, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Home Secretary Priti Patel during the National Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, (REUTERS)
Liz Truss with Larry the cat (@elizabeth.truss.mp/Instagram)
Liz Truss with Larry the cat (@elizabeth.truss.mp/Instagram)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Liz Truss leave NATO Headquarters following a summit on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Henry Nicholls/PA) (PA Wire)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Liz Truss leave NATO Headquarters following a summit on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Henry Nicholls/PA) (PA Wire)
Liz Truss playing table tennis during a visit to the Onside Future Youth Zone in London (PA)
Liz Truss playing table tennis during a visit to the Onside Future Youth Zone in London (PA)
Liz Truss with her husband Hugh O’Leary, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London as it was announced that she is the new Conservative party leader (PA)
Liz Truss with her husband Hugh O’Leary, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London as it was announced that she is the new Conservative party leader (PA)
Liz Truss doing some Christmas baking (@elizabeth.truss.mp/Instagram)
Liz Truss doing some Christmas baking (@elizabeth.truss.mp/Instagram)
Home Secretary Priti Patel, Housing Secretary Michael Gove, Justice Secretary and deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Cop26 President Alok Sharma during the first Cabinet meeting since the reshuffle at 10 Downing Street (PA)
Home Secretary Priti Patel, Housing Secretary Michael Gove, Justice Secretary and deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Cop26 President Alok Sharma during the first Cabinet meeting since the reshuffle at 10 Downing Street (PA)
Liz Truss during a visit to Condimentum Ltd, The Food Enterprise Park, in Norwich, Norfolk (PA)
Liz Truss during a visit to Condimentum Ltd, The Food Enterprise Park, in Norwich, Norfolk (PA)

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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