New Prime Minister will be announced TODAY: Front-runner Liz Truss vows to ‘work tirelessly for people of Britain’ as she issues rallying cry and promises bold £100bn cost of living plan before new Tory leader is named at 12.30pm

  • Britain’s next PM will be announced by Sir Graham Brady at 12.30pm today
  • Liz Truss is expected to beat rival Rishi Sunak to become Tory leader later
  • Ms Truss will announce a £100billion cost of living plan with her first week as PM
  • One option being considered is an energy bills freeze for families and businesses
  • Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng ‘will become Chancellor’ under Truss

Britain’s new Prime Minister will be announced today at 12.30pm – with bookies’ favourite Liz Truss vowing to ‘work tirelessly for people of Britain’ if she wins the Tory leadership.

The winner of the Tory leadership contest will be announced this afternoon by 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre. 

Foreign Secretary Ms Truss has vowed to not let anyone ‘talk Britain down’ in today’s Daily Mail and has said that she has a bold plan to tackle the crises the country faces this winter.

HOW NEW PM’S FIRST DAYS IN OFFICE WILL PAN OUT

TODAY 12:30PM

Winner will be announced by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster.

TOMORROW 9AM

Boris Johnson to deliver a farewell address outside No10. He will then go to Balmoral in Scotland to ask the Queen to accept his resignation.

TOMORROW LUNCHTIME

The new leader, having travelled to Scotland separately, will be welcomed by the Queen and asked to form a new government.

TOMORROW 4PM

New PM will arrive at No10 to address the nation for the first time. Then they will make senior Cabinet appointments and have meetings for updates on matters of national security.

WEDNESDAY 9AM

New Cabinet will meet to discuss issues including cost of living crisis.

WEDNESDAY 12PM

New PM will answer Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

She said: ‘I have a bold plan to see Britain through difficult times and get us out the other side stronger,’ she told the Daily Mail.

‘If I am elected prime minister, I will work tirelessly to deliver for the people of Britain.’

Ms Truss has promised to unveil a £100billion plan which could include freezing energy bills to help millions of families with soaring costs in her first week as prime minister.

It is understood that sum could be spent on a two-year-long gas and electricity price freeze for both homes and businesses, to be financed from Treasury underwritten loans.  

The Telegraph reported that this idea has been ‘extremely actively explored’ and discussed ‘quite a lot’ by the Truss campaign. 

And Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, who may become chancellor under a Truss government, is reportedly ‘very open’ to the idea.

Energy sources have told The Times that it was ‘the only conversation that anyone was having with the government’. 

The Foreign Secretary denied she was being ‘coy’ over her policies said she wanted to reassure voters that help is coming but indicated they would need to wait for a few days to find out exactly what the support might look like.

In an interview with the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg programme, Miss Truss said: ‘I will act if I’m elected as prime minister. I will act immediately on bills and on energy supply because I think those two things go hand in hand.’

Miss Truss appeared to brush off dire warnings about the future as she insisted the country had ‘been through worse’.

Miss Kuenssberg also grilled Miss Truss on the Bank of England, the NHS, and comparisons with Margaret Thatcher.

The Foreign Secretary, who is widely expected to be announced as the new Tory leader this afternoon, promised to unveil a plan to help millions of families with soaring energy bills in her first week as prime minister

Other senior Tories being considered for cabinet roles have been told ‘in no uncertain terms’ to not criticise the idea, the newspaper also reported.

‘Plans are reasonably well advanced and involve not just civil servants but also ministers lined up for jobs by Truss,’ a source told the paper.

There are also plans for a ‘council of economic advisers’, tasked with the crisis facing Britain, the front-runner said. 

This could include Gerard Lyons, an economist who previously advised Boris Johnson when he was the mayor of London.  

However the fine detail, including those eligible, the duration and taxpayer contribution, are being debated. 

It may introduce a price cap to keep costs lower for Brits, while reimbursing energy suppliers.  

While Miss Truss’ campaign team declined to comment on the matter, they did not deny the speculated freeze.

The Foreign Secretary said that she would not go into any detail on the support as it would be ‘the wrong thing to do now’, however she reassured Brits that she is ‘absolutely determined to sort out this issue’, the Times reported.

Miss Truss also insisted she will ‘not let anyone talk this great country down’.

‘I will do everything in my power to make sure everyone, no matter where they are from, has the opportunity to go as far as their talent and hard work takes them.’

Here, MailOnline takes a look at the views of the politician who is expected to become the country’s 56th prime minister today: 

Families and businesses will be told what help they can expect with their energy bills during Miss Truss’s first week as prime minister, she promised yesterday

WE’RE NOT FACING ARMAGEDDON

Miss Truss admitted she faced a ‘difficult’ in-tray packed with tricky issues if she wins the keys to No 10, but warned against predictions of an ‘Armageddon scenario’.

She said: ‘I think we face some very, very serious challenges. We have the appalling war in Ukraine, perpetrated by Putin. We still have the aftermath of Covid, which was a massive economic shock, and we’re also facing a severe energy crisis as well. I’m under no illusions about how difficult it is.

‘But as a country we have faced tough challenges before, and we’ve got through those challenges, and I’m absolutely confident we have the wherewithal, the ability, to be able to deal with these challenges.

‘I don’t think, you know, we should be predicting a sort of Armageddon scenario. I think we are in a good position to deal with what are very tough challenges.’

I’LL TACKLE ENERGY CRISIS IMMEDIATELY

Families and businesses will be told what help they can expect with their energy bills during Miss Truss’s first week as prime minister, she promised yesterday. Wider plans for the economy, including tax cuts, will follow in a Budget or financial statement within the first month.

Miss Truss said she understood ‘people are worried’ and she wanted to ‘reassure’ them, but she declined to give details.

‘I will act if elected as prime minister, within one week,’ she said. ‘What I can’t do… is tell you exactly what that announcement would be… Before you have been elected as prime minister you don’t have all the wherewithal to get the things done. So, this is why it will take a week to sort out, you know, the precise plans and make sure we are able announce them.

‘But what I want to be very clear about with the public is I understand that this is a huge problem. And I understand people are worried and I want to reassure people that I am absolutely determined to sort out this issue.’

Miss Truss declined to say if she would adopt Labour’s plan to freeze the energy price cap.

REVERSING NATIONAL INSURANCE HIKE ‘FAIR’

Miss Truss insisted her plan to reverse the rise in national insurance was ‘fair’ despite it benefiting most higher earners. The Foreign Secretary said ‘growing the economy benefits everybody’ and it is ‘wrong’ to look at everything through the ‘lens of redistribution’.

Miss Kuenssberg put it to her that reversing the national insurance rise, which was introduced in April, would see the poorest stand to gain about £7 while the wealthiest could gain nearly £2,000.

Asked if that was fair, Miss Truss said: ‘The people at the top of the income distribution pay more tax. So inevitably when you cut taxes you tend to benefit people who are more likely to pay tax. Of course, there are some people who don’t pay tax at all.

‘But to look at everything through the lens of redistribution, I believe, is wrong because what I am about is about growing the economy. And growing the economy benefits everybody.’

She added: ‘So far, the economic debate for the past 20 years has been dominated by discussions about distribution, and what’s happened is we have had relatively low growth.’

Challenged again on whether the cut would be fair, Miss Truss said: ‘Yes, it is fair. We promised in our manifesto that we would not raise national insurance.

‘I opposed the decision to raise it in Cabinet because it was the wrong decision.’

Miss Truss said she did not resign over the initial policy to increase national insurance because she preferred to stay ‘and fight my corner, because I’m not somebody who quits – I’m somebody who gets the job done’.

BANK OF ENGLAND WILL REMAIN INDEPENDENT

The Bank of England will retain its interest rate-setting powers, even though Miss Truss has promised to look at other systems around the world when assessing whether it has the correct mandate.

She said yesterday: ‘I’m a great believer in the independence of the Bank of England. We need to allow the Bank of England to do that job.

‘I think it was about three decades ago we stopped politicians making decisions about interest rates. So, I’m not going to start saying what interest rates the Bank of England should be.’

Pushed again, she said: ‘I think it would be completely wrong for me as a politician to say what I wanted interest rates to be and to countermand the Bank of England.’

The Bank of England will retain its interest rate-setting powers, even though Miss Truss has promised to look at other systems around the world when assessing whether it has the correct mandate

Miss Truss said she was committed to the current NHS budget and her priorities would be primary care and GP appointments.

When Miss Kuenssberg said that by the next election the NHS will make up more than 40 per cent of day-to-day spending and asked if that can continue, she said: ‘I’m completely committed to the budget we’ve set out for the National Health Service, but we do face real issues on the ground.

‘Difficulty in getting GP appointments, difficulty in getting an NHS dentist, waiting times for ambulances are far too long. So, what I would do is appoint a health secretary who can tackle those issues.’

Asked if the funding was sustainable, Miss Truss said: ‘Well, I think it is a priority for the public and it’s a priority for me to make sure we’re delivering for people.’

Pushed on whether people will get the care they are waiting for, she added: ‘Yes. And what I would ask my health secretary to do is set out a clear plan of how we’re going to achieve that. But I think one of my key priorities would be primary care and GP appointments.’

Miss Truss said she was committed to the current NHS budget and her priorities would be primary care and GP appointments

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

Rejecting suggestions of a need for a major shift in presentation from leadership candidate to prime minister, Miss Truss described her style as a politician as ‘what you see is what you get’. 

The leadership contender has faced repeated accusations that she is attempting to copy Margaret Thatcher.

The leadership contender has faced repeated accusations that she is attempting to copy Margaret Thatcher

Asked about how she will avoid the same fate as Boris Johnson, Miss Truss said: ‘I will be clear with the public about what we are going to face and there will be challenging circumstances, there’ll be difficult decisions to be made.

‘Not all of those decisions will be popular but I will be honest about what we will have to do.

‘I’m also somebody who is positive. And I’m clear that we can deal with these issues, that Britain has been through worse, frankly, in the past. We have the capability, we have the attitude, and we have the spirit to deal with the challenges.’

 

Miss Truss last night pledged ‘rapid action’ to get households through the winter and tackle the ‘root cause’ of the crisis. ‘I have a bold plan to see Britain through difficult times and get us out the other side stronger,’ she told the Daily Mail

Team Liz: The MPs on course for key roles in new look-cabinet if Tory leadership favourite triumphs – with none of the great offices of state set to be held by a white man for the first time in British history 

 

Liz Truss, the Tory leadership front-runner, is preparing to appoint a new cabinet if she becomes Prime Minister — and none of the great offices of state are set to be held by a white man for the first time in British history.

Miss Truss, 47, has spent weeks on the campaign trail, making time to plan her new cabinet if elected. 

Top jobs including the chancellor and foreign and home secretaries have been tipped for Kwasi Kwarteng, James Cleverly and Suella Braverman respectively. 

The move would bring more diversity into the great offices, with the three Tories being among 11 black or Asian MPs to have previously been in cabinet roles.

If selected, Mr Kwarteng would be the fourth black or Asian chancellor in a row, directly following Sajid Javid, Rishi Sunak and Nadhim Zahawi.

And Ms Braverman would become the third black or Asian home secretary, after Priti Patel and Mr Javid.  

These are the senior Tories expected to form the core of Liz Truss’s first Cabinet.

Kwasi Kwarteng

The Business Secretary is likely to be promoted to Chancellor and have the huge task of keeping the economy afloat and helping households through the cost of living squeeze. 

Kwasi Kwarteng

He will replace Nadhim Zahawi, who could move to the Cabinet Office after just two months at the helm of the Treasury. 

Mr Kwarteng’s first actions will include reversing the national insurance increase and scrapping a planned rise in corporation tax.

Suella Braverman

She stood against Miss Truss in the leadership contest but her anti-woke stance and opposition to the European Convention on Human Rights is set to see her promoted from Attorney General to Home Secretary. 

Suella Braverman

Her main task will be to crack down on Channel crossings by illegal migrants and to make sure those who do reach England are deported to Rwanda, which current Home Secretary Priti Patel has failed to do.

James Cleverly

An early backer of Miss Truss’s candidacy, the Education Secretary is expected to be handed her current role of Foreign Secretary. 

James Cleverly

The pair have worked together in the Foreign Office, where he was a junior minister, over the past year and he will keep up her strong support for Ukraine and sanctions on Russia.

Therese Coffey

The Work and Pensions Secretary is a fellow member of the 2010 parliamentary intake whose Suffolk Coastal constituency neighbours Miss Truss’s South West Norfolk seat, and they have long been allies. 

The new Prime Minister is expected to make her friend Health Secretary, taking over from Steve Barclay who has made little impression during just a few weeks in the role. 

Therese Coffey

She will have to tackle the huge waiting lists that have built up since Covid struck as well as the long delays for ambulances that patients are having to endure.

Ben Wallace

The Defence Secretary is one of the few members of Boris Johnson’s final Cabinet expected to stay in their current role. 

Ben Wallace

He had been tipped to run for party leader but said his focus was ‘my current job and keeping this great country safe’. 

Miss Truss has pledged to increase defence spending to 3 per cent of GDP.

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Founder of the investment fund Somerset Holdings, his experience is expected to be put to use as the new Business Secretary. 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

His focus in the Cabinet Office has been on making the most of Brexit and getting civil servants back into the office, but his new role will include increasing investment in local energy production and tackling soaring prices.

Brandon Lewis

Like Miss Truss, he has been a Norfolk MP since 2010 – but he backed Nadhim Zahawi for the leadership at first. 

Brandon Lewis

Mr Lewis, Northern Ireland Secretary for two years, could get his biggest role to date as Justice Secretary. 

He would replace Dominic Raab, who is certain to return to the backbenches, and would have to handle the barristers’ strike.

Simon Clarke

As Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he had been expected to back Chancellor Rishi Sunak for the party leadership. 

But instead Mr Clarke quickly announced his support for Miss Truss and her plans to cut tax. 

Simon Clarke 

An MP in the North East where he grew up, he is in line to become Levelling-Up Secretary and will have to deliver on the promises made to voters in the ‘red wall’ constituencies at the last election.

How new PM’s first days in office will unfold… 

TODAY 12:30PM

Winner will be announced by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. The winner will then deliver a speech before finalising Cabinet and wider ministerial roles and writing their first prime ministerial speech.

TOMORROW 9AM

Boris Johnson to deliver a farewell address outside No 10. He will then go to Balmoral in Scotland to ask the Queen to accept his resignation.

LUNCHTIME

The new leader, having travelled to Scotland separately, will be welcomed by the Queen and asked to form a new government.

4PM

New PM will arrive at No 10 to address the nation for the first time. Then they will make senior Cabinet appointments and have meetings for updates on matters of national security.

WEDNESDAY 9AM

New Cabinet will meet to discuss issues including cost of living crisis.

12PM

New PM will answer Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. 

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