UK: Liz Truss faces opposition on her first day in office

UK: Liz Truss faces opposition on her first day in office


Now British Prime Minister Liz Truss gets into the thick of things on Wednesday when she faces the opposition for the first time in Parliament, where she is eagerly awaited over the soaring cost of living.  

After two months of campaigning during which she insisted on preferring massive tax cuts to direct aid to households, the 47-year-old conservative has resolved, faced with the scale of the outbreak. energy bills, to promise to act quickly.

In her maiden speech outside 10 Downing Street on Tuesday, the new leader promised action “this week” to pull the UK out of the “storm” as recession and inflation not seen in decades loom.

But she remained silent on their concrete form, with the press referring to Thursday's announcement of a freeze on energy bills. 

And the pressure is mounting now that the leader must no longer convince only the base of the conservative party, called this summer to choose its new leader, but address all the British.

The baptism of fire will take place in the House of Commons at midday, where she will face Labor leader Keir Starmer in the traditional Prime Minister's Question Time.

The weekly exercise often results in fierce skirmishes between the head of government and opposition MPs. 

This will be an opportunity for Liz Truss to demonstrate her oratorical skills, which are sometimes questioned, and to test the level of support of his majority, many of whom would have preferred to see his opponent Rishi Sunak, ex-Minister of the Economy, gain access to Downing Street.


While outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on the Tories to “support her 100%”, bringing together a divided party that has been in power for 12 years is not a sure bet for the ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs with two years of legislative elections for which the Labor Party is largely the winner.

But the economic crisis, Britain's number one concern, remains Liz Truss' major challenge, whose performance on this front will be crucial in determining her political future.

Energy bills must rise by 80% from October and several strike movements are again planned in the coming weeks, in many sectors, to demand wage increases commensurate with the rise in prices and financial support from the State.< /p>

Barely appointed head of government during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II in her Balmoral castle in Scotland, Liz Truss declined Tuesday evening in front of Downing Street her “top three priorities”: “to grow the economy”, if tackle “the energy crisis caused by (Vladimir) Putin's war” and the problems of the public health system.

Very liberal, the leader, who had said she wanted to govern “like a conservative”, said again recalled her desire to lower taxes and carry out reforms to “reward those who work hard”, as she hammered it during her campaign.

So many subjects on which the British await the Prime Minister and her government, of which she must bring together the main members in the morning.

After campaigning very on the right, Liz Truss has surrounded herself with faithful in his cabinet, the composition of which was announced on Tuesday evening, starting with his Minister of Finance, Kwasi Kwarteng, 47, hitherto in charge of Business and Energy and supporter like her of a state with little interventionist and a market economy.

For the first time, the three main positions in the cabinet will be filled by elected representatives from diverse backgrounds. 

In addition to the Chancellor of the Exchequer , Foreign Minister James Cleverly has maternal roots in Sierra Leone, and Interior Minister Suella Braverman is of Indian origin.

The latter will have to deal with the thorny issue of thousands of illegal migrants arriving from the English Channel, which the previous government ttelait to send to Rwanda.