Results of the UK PM election show that Liz Truss defeated Rishi Sunak with 81,326 to 60,399 votes from Conservative Party members. It might have been closer than some had anticipated. RISHI SUNAK LOSSES LIZ TRUSS BECOME NEW UK’s PM

In a speech following the outcome, Truss pledged, “I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy costs, but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supplies.”

After hustings for the Conservative leadership contest at London’s Wembley Arena, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss appeared on stage. (AP FILE)


Following more than 170,000 online and postal votes from Conservative members, the 47-year-old senior Cabinet minister ended Sunak’s historic run as the first member of Parliament of Indian descent to fight for the top position at 10 Downing Street.

In an election with a high turnout of 82.6% and 654 invalid ballots from a total of 172,437 eligible Tory voters, Truss received 81,326 votes compared to Sunak’s 60,399 votes. It indicates that although Truss did win with a sizable advantage, her victory was closer than in past recent Tory leadership elections, with 57.4% to Sunak’s 42.6%, highlighting a split within the ruling party.

Later Rishi Sunak tweeted ““Thank you to everyone who voted for me in this campaign. I’ve said throughout that the Conservatives are one family. It’s right we now unite behind the new PM, Liz Truss, as she steers the country through difficult times”.as RISHI SUNAK LOSSES LIZ TRUSS BECOME NEW UK’s PM

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