The UKs’ next prime minister to be announced today

Boris Johnson’s successor as prime minister will be revealed later when either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak is named the next Conservative leader.

The winner of this leadership contest will be announced on Tuesday at 12:30 BST. They will then take office on Tuesday.  The result will also be announced at a ceremony in Westminster, attended by Conservative luminaes as well as MPs and peers.

Liz Truss is expected to emerge victorious  as the lengthy leadership contest draws to a close. Her rival, former chancellor Mr Sunak, has signalled he believes he has lost, saying his job “now is just to support a Conservative government”.

The winner will likely give a short, televised acceptance speech before speaking to MPs in Parliament and staff at Conservative HQ.


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Boris Johnson will not officially resign until the new leader is announced. He is expected to give a speech outside Downing Street, before visiting the Queen to officially agree to his resignation.
The Queen will invite the new Conservative leader to meet her, and she will ask them to form a government.

This historic event, known as ‘kissing hands’, traditionally takes place at Buckingham Palace, but this year will take place at Balmoral.

Details of the new Cabinet are expected to be announced Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the House of Commons will see the new PM for the first-time.

The new PM will face a daunting task: a crisis in the cost of living and an inflation rate at 40-year highs.

Liz Truss, who moved into Downing Street, promised to announce additional help for those affected by rising energy prices within one week of her arrival.  She  has also detailed plans to deliver £30bn in tax cuts through an emergency Budget, arguing that the nation’s tax burden is the stumbling-block behind slow economic growth.