Conservatives Have A New Prime Minister To Navigate Turbulent Waters

Liz Truss was handed the reins as the UK’s new Prime Minister by the Conservative Party and will succeed the now-retired Boris Johnson. An election was not necessary since the Conservative Party holds the majority in Parliament.

The Labour Party, however, was pushing for an election. This is the third time in recent years, the prime minister was chosen by the Conservative Party and not in a general election, much to the chagrin of some of Britain’s citizens.

Johnson was forced to retire after barely surviving continuous votes of no confidence involving a scandal and being fined for having parties in his 10 Downing St. residence during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

The official ceremony for Truss was held at Balmoral Castle in Scotland due to the health concerns of Queen Elizabeth II. During the formalities, The Queen told Truss to “form a new government.” Truss is the fourth new leader in 6 years and the third female since the late Margaret Thatcher.

While some citizens are calling her Boris Johnson 2.0, others are viewing her as an idealogue in the form of Thatcher. Truss inherits a problematic country with a daunting economy, cost of living crisis, and inflation so bad the pound is expected to fall to parity with the dollar for the first time since 1992.

During her first press conference, she outlined her goals, which she avoided revealing during the past two months of campaigning. Truss noted a few of her priorities as getting Britain back to work and building the economy with tax cuts, reforms to stop the unaffordable energy bills citizens are facing, and building hospitals, and roads. She blamed the country’s energy crisis on “Putin’s war” and vowed immediate action to secure future energy supply.

“As your Prime Minister, I am confident that together we can ride out the storm, rebuild our economy and become the modern, brilliant Britain that I know we can be,” she told the crowd at 10 Downing St.

In an odd turn of events, many congratulatory tweets meant for newly elected Great Britain Prime Minister @trussliz have been going to @liztruss but that handle belongs to a different, non-related Liz Trussell.