Liz Truss to replace Boris Johnson as next U.K. prime minister


Liz Truss will become the next prime minister of Britain, taking over from Boris Johnson at a time of economic and political upheaval in the United Kingdom.

According to Washington Post, Liz Truss, wasn’t the top choice of Conservative Party lawmakers, and a majority of Brits tell pollsters she will be a “poor” or “terrible” prime minister, but Truss was the favorite among the Tory activists who selected the leader of their party and Britain in a vote announced Monday.

Truss, Britain’s foreign secretary, won the support of her party’s grass roots with promises of tax cuts and with her loyalty to Prime Minister Boris Johnson — who was booted from Downing Street by Conservative lawmakers but is already missed by rank-and-file party members.

Challenger Rishi Sunak — though the preferred choice among Conservative members of Parliament — had a tough time convincing his party’s voters that tackling inflation should come before tax cuts. And Sunak’s leading role in Johnson’s ouster seemed to hurt him with the grass roots. Angry Tories called him a “Brutus.”

It was Sunak’s fiery departure as Chancellor of the Exchequer, or finance minister, in July that launched the revolt against Johnson. An avalanche of resignations followed. Conservative Party lawmakers said they could no longer trust a prime minister who prevaricated his way through scandal after scandal (and could no longer be counted on to help win elections).

Because this was not a general election, most of Britain was sitting on the sidelines while a “selectorate” of 150,000 to 200,000 dues-paying Conservative Party members — about 0.3 percent of the population — determined the country’s political future.

According to a YouGov poll, 12 percent of the general public say Truss will be a good or great prime minister compared with 52 percent who say she will be poor or terrible.

It’s hard to know what to expect because Truss, 47, is a shapeshifting politician. She was a centrist Liberal Democrat in her youth before joining the Conservative Party, she argued for abolishing the monarchy before affirming her support for it, and she voted for Britain to remain in the European Union before becoming a hardcore Brexiteer.