British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss launches candidacy for Prime Minister
By Nicky Robertson, CNN
“I put 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 determination to get there,” Truss wrote.
At the forefront of his candidacy is a pledge to cut taxes. “Under my leadership, I would begin cutting taxes on day one to take immediate action to help people with the cost of living,” she wrote.
Truss held several Cabinet posts, including that of Foreign Secretary. She was also the chief negotiator with the European Union on the UK Brexit deal.
In his op-ed, Truss highlights his foreign policy expertise in addition to his domestic experience.
“As Minister of Foreign Affairs, I have contributed to lead the international response to Putin’s war in Ukraine and delivered a tough sanctions package that drove the world, inflicting real pain on Putin and the Kremlin,” she wrote.
Truss is part of an increasingly crowded field vying to replace Johnson. Other candidates include Chancellor of the Exchequer Nadhim Zahawi, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Conservative backbench MP Tom Tugendhat, Attorney General Suella Braverman, former Minister of Equality Kemi Badenoch, former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, former Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt.
As CNN previously reported, candidates running for leadership will go through ballots by Conservative lawmakers until just two remain – in which case Conservative Party members nationwide will vote. The winner will be the new party leader – and prime minister.
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