Liz vows to tackle energy crisis

LONDON (Agencies): New British Prime Minister Liz Truss, addressing the nation from Downing Street after a heavy downpour in central London, has promised to “ride out the storm” of economic crisis. Truss pledged action this week to tackle “unaffordable energy bills” caused by Russia’s “appalling” war in Ukraine and listed three priorities in office: the economy, energy and healthcare.
“As prime minister, I will pursue three early priorities. Firstly, I will get Britain working again. I have a bold plan to grow the economy through tax cuts and reform,” Truss, the fourth Conservative prime minister in six years, said on Tuesday. “I will cut taxes to reward hard work and boost business-led growth and investment,” she said. “Secondly, I will deal hands-on with the energy crisis caused by Putin’s war. I will take action this week to deal with energy bills and to secure our future energy supply.
“Thirdly, I will make sure that people can get doctors’ appointments, and the NHS services they need … By delivering on the economy, on energy and on the NHS, we will put our nation on the path to long-term success,” the 47-year-old said. Truss was speaking after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, who asked her to form a new government in a carefully choreographed ceremony dictated by centuries of tradition. It came one day after the governing Conservative Party announced that Truss had been elected as its leader.
Boris Johnson, who announced he was resigning two months ago, formally stepped down during his own audience with the queen. Commenting on the challenges ahead, Truss, who will later announce her government appointments, referenced the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the continuing war in Ukraine.
“Now is the time to tackle the issues that are holding Britain back … I know that we have what it takes to tackle those challenges. Of course, it won’t be easy but we can do it,” she said. “I am confident that together we can ride out the storm. We can rebuild our economy, and we can become the modern brilliant Britain that I know we can be.”
Truss lauded the United Kingdom’s continuing unity with its allies and her country’s support for “freedom and democracy around the world”. “We can’t have security at home without having security abroad,” she said.