LONDON (AP) — Liz Truss became Britain’s prime minister on Tuesday and immediately faced the daunting task ahead amid mounting pressure to rein in rising prices, ease labor unrest and fix a health system. overwhelmed by long waiting lists and staff shortages.
At the top of his inbox is the energy crisis triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which threatens to drive energy bills to unaffordable levels, shut down businesses and leave the country’s poorest people shivering in icy homes this winter. .
Truss, who refused to explain his energy strategy during the two-month campaign to succeed Boris Johnson, now plans to limit energy bills at a cost to taxpayers of up to 100 billion pounds ($116 billion), the report reported. British media Tuesday. He is expected to reveal his plan on Thursday.
“You should know about the cost of living crisis in England, which is quite serious at the moment,” Rebecca Macdougal, 55, who works in law enforcement, said outside the Houses of Parliament.
“She’s making promises for that, as she says she’s going to deliver, deliver, deliver,” he said. “But we’ll see, hopefully, in the next few weeks there will be some announcements that will help the normal working person.”
Truss took office Tuesday afternoon at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, when Queen Elizabeth II formally asked her to form a new government in a carefully choreographed ceremony dictated by centuries of tradition. Johnson, who announced his intention to resign two months ago, formally resigned during his own audience with the queen shortly before.
It was the first time in the queen’s 70-year reign that the transfer of power had taken place at Balmoral, rather than Buckingham Palace in London. The ceremony was moved to Scotland to provide certainty about the schedule because the 96-year-old queen has experienced mobility problems that have forced palace officials to make decisions about her travel from day to day.
Truss, 47, took office a day after the ruling Conservative Party chose her as its leader in an election in which the party’s 172,000 dues-paying members were the only voters. As party leader, Truss automatically became prime minister without the need for a general election because the Conservatives still hold a majority in the House of Commons.
But as Prime Minister selected by less than 0.5% of British adults, Truss is under pressure to show quick results.
Opposition Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey called on Tuesday for a snap election in October.
“I listened to Liz Truss during the Tory leadership (campaign) and was looking for a plan to help people with their skyrocketing energy bills, with the NHS crisis etc. and I heard no plan at all,” said. the bbc
“Given that people are really concerned, given that people are losing sleep over their energy bills, businesses are not investing because of the crisis, I think that’s really wrong,” Davey said.
Johnson took note of the tensions facing Britain as he left the prime minister’s official residence at No. 10 Downing Street for the last time, saying his policies had left the government with the economic muscle to help people weather the crisis. energy crisis.
While many observers expect Johnson to attempt a political comeback, he endorsed Truss and compared himself to Cincinnatus, the Roman dictator who relinquished power and returned to his farm to live in peace.
“Just like Cincinnatus, I’m getting back to my plow,” he said. “And I will offer this government nothing but the most ardent support.”
Susie Blann contributed to this story.