The Daily Telegraph

Prime minister-in-waiting stands and delivers, delivers, delivers

Liz Truss vows ‘to govern as a Conservati­ve’ in her victory speech and promises to lead the party to a ‘great triumph in 2024’

- Political correspond­ent By Nick Gutteridge

BORIS JOHNSON

‘Congratula­tions to Liz Truss. I know she has the right plan to tackle the cost of living crisis’

NICOLA STURGEON

‘I will ... build a good working relationsh­ip with her as I did with the last three PMS’

OLAF SCHOLZ

‘The UK and Germany will continue to work closely together – as partners and friends’

URSULA VON DER LEYEN

‘I look forward to a constructi­ve relationsh­ip, in respect of our agreements’

‘It’s been a hard-fought campaign. I think we have shown the depth of talent in our Conservati­ve Party’

MICHEÁL MARTIN

‘I look forward to working with you as PM of our nearest neighbour’

MAROS SEFCOVIC ‘I stand ready to work intensivel­y and constructi­vely with my new UK interlocut­or’

‘I know that our beliefs resonate with the British people. Our beliefs in the ability to control your own life’

LIZ TRUSS yesterday promised to “deliver, and deliver and deliver” in her victory speech after being announced as the new leader of the Tory party.

Speaking from the stage of Westminste­r’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Ms Truss also ruled out a snap election and pledged to lead her party to victory in 2024. Her coronation was an opportunit­y for a bruised political family to put in a display of unity after the bitterest of battles for No10, which Ms Truss delicately described as “hard fought”.

In a brief speech, she said: “Friends and colleagues, thank you for putting your faith in me to lead our great Conservati­ve Party, the greatest political party on Earth.

“I know that our beliefs resonate with the British people. Our beliefs in freedom, in the ability to control your own life, in low taxes, in personal responsibi­lity.

“And I know that’s why people voted for us in such numbers in 2019. And as your party leader, I intend to deliver what we promised those voters right across our great country.”

She ended with: “My friends, I know that we will deliver, we will deliver, we will deliver.

“We will deliver a great victory for the Conservati­ve Party in 2024.”

As the result was announced, Rishi Sunak, who looked downcast during the introducto­ry speeches, led a standing ovation.

But keen-eyed observers noted there was no kiss or hug, not even a cursory handshake, between the two candidates whose personal relationsh­ip became increasing­ly strained as the contest wore on.

Ms Truss instead bounded up to the stage to embrace Sir Graham Brady, the 1922 Committee chairman, who had just announced her victory to applause from MPS.

Her husband, Hugh O’leary, who was making a first appearance of the campaign alongside his wife, put a supportive hand on her back after the result was read out.

She opened her speech with a series of thank-yous and tributes to her family, her team and fellow candidates. She said: “It’s an honour to be elected as leader of the Conservati­ve and Unionist Party. I’d like to thank the 1922 Committee, the party chairman, and the Conservati­ve Party for organising one of the longest job interviews in history, thank you very much.

“I’d also like to thank my family, my friends, my political colleagues, and all of those who helped on this campaign.

“I’m incredibly grateful for all of your support.

“I’d like to pay tribute to my fellow candidates, particular­ly Rishi Sunak.

“It’s been a hard-fought campaign. I think we have shown the depth and breadth of talent in our Conservati­ve

ANTHONY ALBANESE

‘I look forward to a continued constructi­ve relationsh­ip ... between our nations and people’

JENS STOLTENBER­G

‘The UK plays a leading role in Nato. I look

forward to working closely with you’

‘I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy. I will deliver on the energy crisis. I will deliver on the [NHS]’

NARENDRA MODI

‘Confident that under your leadership, the India-uk partnershi­p will be strengthen­ed’

MATEUSZ MORAWIECKI

‘I am very, very pleased because this [may strengthen] British policy [on] Ukraine’

FUMIO KISHIDA

‘I have high expectatio­ns that you will lead the UK with strong leadership’

EMMANUEL MACRON

‘Congratula­tions. Let us continue working together to defend our shared interests’

Party.” She then moved on to highlight two of the most significan­t features of her two-month campaign for the leadership – her loyalty to Boris Johnson and her plan to cut taxes.

Ms Truss said: “I also want to thank our outgoing leader, my friend, Boris Johnson.

“Boris, you got Brexit done, you crushed Jeremy Corbyn, you rolled out the vaccine, and you stood up to Vladimir Putin. You are admired from Kyiv to Carlisle.”

Then she repeated her pledge to “deliver what we promised voters right across our great country” by cutting taxes.

Standing at a lectern in the Union flag colours, she said: “During this leader- ship campaign, I campaigned as a Conservati­ve and I will govern as a Conservati­ve. My friends, we need to show that we will deliver over the next two years.

“I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy. 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. And I will deliver on the National Health Service.”

The speech ended with a note of unity: “We all will deliver for our country. And I will make sure that we use all the fantastic talents of the Conservati­ve Party – our brilliant Members of Parliament and peers, our fantastic councillor­s.

“Our MPS, our MSPS, all of our counsellor­s and activists and members right across our country. Because, my friends, I know that we will deliver, we will deliver, we will deliver.

“We will deliver a great victory for the Conservati­ve Party in 2024.”

After her victory speech, Boris Johnson said: “Congratula­tions to Liz Truss on her decisive win. I know she has the right plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, unite our party and continue the great work of uniting and levelling up our country.

“Now is the time for all Conservati­ves to get behind her 100 per cent.”

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