Liz Truss becomes the next Prime Minister

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The Foreign Secretary will now officially replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister when she travels to Balmoral to be asked to form a Government by the Queen tomorrow. It comes 44 days after the contest was launched after Mr Johnson was forced out of office by a rebellion among his MPs in the wake of the Partygate allegations.

1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady announced the result at 12:30pm following a bitter contest with Mr Sunak getting 60,399 votes well shortm of Ms Truss’ 81,326.

After 12 hustings featuring 20,000 Tory members watched by 2.5 million members of the public the Tories 172,437 members decided to bavkck the Foreign Secretary.

Ms Truss will now try to bring the party together after a contest which has been marred by bitter attacks beginning with 11 potential candidates and being whittled down to a final two for members to decide over the summer.

In her speech to Tories the new PM said: “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.”

Mr Sunak and Ms Truss subjected themselves to 12 different hustings of party members while they campaigned around the country.

They also clashed in a number of TV debates which alarmed Tory MPs.

Mr Sunak described Ms Truss’ plans to cut taxes as “immoral.”

Meanwhile, she said that as Chancellor he had “failed to grow the economy.”

In the earlier rounds trade minister, Penny Mordaunt became the focus of attacks from the right of the party over her views on the transgender issue.

There were allegations made and denied that Kemi Badenoch, who briefly became the star turn of the contest, had been put up by Michael Gove to split the party’s right.

There were also claims that Mr Sunak’s team had manipulated votes in a bid to stop Ms Truss from getting to the final two.

Candidates who made a run at replacing Mr Johnson also included Attorney General Suella Braverman, Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Tugendhat, Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and former Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

The leadership debate has largely focussed on tax with Ms Truss vowing to reverse Mr Sunak’s National Insurance hike as well as stop his plans for increasing Corporation Tax.

Mr Sunak in turn has said that cutting taxes now would fuel inflation but also promised the biggest income tax cut since Nigel Lawson was Margaret Thatcher’s Chancellor.

The campaign has also seen the two main candidates’ records on Brexit come under scrutiny.

While Mr Sunak supported Leave in 2016 and Ms Truss Remain, the hardline Brexiteers in the European Research Group  (ERG) have backed the Foreign Secretary.

She has insisted she would now support Brexit and has wn popularity in her previous job as International Trade Secretary signing dozens of deals with other countries.

As Foreign Secretary she introduced the legislation to overturn aspects of the Northern Ireland protocol which threatened to destabilise the province and separate it from the UK.

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Exclusive polling for Express.co.uk has revealed that Ms Truss’ priority, according to the public, needs to be tackling spiralling energy bills and the cost of living.

Tax cuts came a clear second with 21 percent as people are looking for more money in their pockets.

However, she has a big to do list of winning back support for the party which has now fallen 10 points behind Labour according to the Techne UK tracker poll.

She also has the Ukraine war and problems with EU relations to deal with.

The Tories face an election in 2024 at the latest but Ms Truss may need to decide whether she needs her own mandate and trigger a poll earlier in the country.

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