Britain’s next prime minister Liz Truss vowed to cut taxes and reach a deal to face a growing national energy crisis.
Truss won the race for the governing Conservative party on Monday, after defeating former finance minister Rishi Sunak in a vote of party members, winning by 81,326 votes to 60,399.
“I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy,” Truss said after the result was announced. “I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy bills, but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supply.”
Truss, who is currently the foreign minister, will replace Boris Johnson who was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandals.
Johnson is expected to meet Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday in Scotland to tender his resignation. Truss will follow him and be asked to form a government by the monarch.
Facing a long recession, sky-rocketing inflation which hit 10.1% in July and the ongoing Brexit effects, Truss will become the Conservatives’ fourth prime minister since a 2015 election.
Truss, 47, said that within a week she will come up with a plan to tackle rising energy bills and securing future fuel supplies.