UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss Launches Bid for Prime Minister

United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has launched a bid to succeed Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and prime minister.

“I am putting myself forward because I can lead, deliver, and make the tough decisions. I have a clear vision of where we need to be, and the experience and resolve to get us there,” Truss wrote in an op-ed article in The Telegraph on July 10.

Truss pledged that she would cut taxes from “day one” if she becomes prime minister.

Truss indicated that she would reverse the National Insurance increase, ensure that the corporation tax remains competitive, and put the COVID-19 debt “on a longer-term footing.”

“My plan will secure our future by focusing on economic growth, and getting us back on track towards becoming a high-growth and high-productivity powerhouse,” Truss wrote.

Truss also highlighted her expertise in foreign policy, saying that she led the international response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including imposing a sanctions package.

“I will fight the election as a Conservative and govern as a Conservative. I will hit the ground running as prime minister, whether it is in ensuring Vladimir Putin loses in Ukraine or getting the economy going,” Truss wrote.

Truss joins a growing list of candidates seeking to replace Johnson, many of whom also pledge to lower taxes.

The candidates will undergo rounds of voting by Conservative lawmakers until only two remain. Then, Conservative Party members nationwide will vote on which of the two will be the new party leader and prime minister.

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