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Britain's Truss expected to be named Conservative leader, new PM Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Conservative leadership candidate Liz Truss speaks as she actually is interviewed by British radio host Nick Ferrari throughout a hustings event, area of the Conservative party leadership campaign, in London, Britain August 31, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/F

By Elizabeth Piper

LONDON (Reuters) – Liz Truss is likely to be named leader of the governing Conservative Party and Britain’s next prime minister on Monday, poised to take power at the same time once the country faces a price of living crisis, industrial unrest and a recession.

After weeks of an often bad-tempered and divisive party leadership contest that pitted Truss against Rishi Sunak, a former finance minister, Monday’s announcement at 1130 GMT will trigger the start of a handover from Boris Johnson. He was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandal.

On Tuesday, the winner will happen to be Scotland to meet up Queen Elizabeth, who’ll ask the brand new leader to create a government.

Long leading runner in the race to displace Johnson, Truss, if appointed, can be the Conservatives’ fourth prime minister since a 2015 election. Over that period the united states has been buffeted from crisis to crisis, and today faces what’s forecast to become a long recession set off by sky-rocketing inflation which hit 10.1% in July.

Foreign minister under Boris Johnson, Truss, 47, has promised to do something quickly to tackle Britain’s cost of living crisis, saying that inside a week she’ll think of a intend to tackle rising energy bills and securing future fuel supplies.

Speaking in a TV interview on Sunday she declined to provide information on the measures she says will reassure thousands of people who fear they’ll be struggling to pay their fuel bills as winter approaches.

She’s signalled during her leadership campaign she’d challenge convention by scrapping tax increases and cutting other levies that some economists say would fuel inflation.

That, and also a pledge to examine the remit of the lender of England while protecting its independence, has prompted some investors to dump the pound and government bonds.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies cast doubt last month on Britain’s next prime minister having room to create large, permanent tax cuts.

‘SECOND MOST CHALLENGING POST-WAR BRIEF’

Truss faces an extended, costly and difficult to-do list, which opposition lawmakers say may be the consequence of 12 years of poor Conservative government. Several have needed an early on election – something Truss has said she’ll not allow.

Veteran Conservative lawmaker David Davis described the challenges she’d undertake as prime minister as “most likely the second most challenging brief of post-war prime ministers” after Conservative Margaret Thatcher in 1979.

“I actually don’t believe the candidates, not just one of them going right through it, really knows quite what size this is likely to be,” he said, adding that costs could come across tens of vast amounts of pounds.

Truss has said she’ll appoint a solid cabinet, dispensing using what one source near her called a “presidential-style” of governing.

First she’ll turn to the urgent problem of surging energy prices. Average annual household bills are set to jump by 80% in October to 3,549 pounds ($4,084), before an expected rise to 6,000 pounds in 2023, decimating personal finances.

Britain has lagged other major Europe in its offer of support for consumer energy bills, which opposition lawmakers blame on a “zombie” government struggling to act as the Conservatives ran their leadership contest.

IN-MAY, the government lay out a 15-billion-pound support package to greatly help households with energy bills within its 37-billion-pound cost-of-living support scheme.

Italy has budgeted over 52 billion euros ($51.75 billion) up to now this year to greatly help its people. In France, increases in electric bills are capped at 4% and Germany said on Sunday it could spend at the very least 65 billion euros shielding consumers and businesses from rising inflation.

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