Liz Truss says UK ‘can ride out the storm’ as new PM sacks Raab, Shapps and Barclay


iz Truss has said she is confident the nation can “ride out the storm” as she vowed to transform Britain into an “aspiration nation” in her first speech from Downing Street as Prime Minister.

Ms Truss gave a short speech setting out her vision for Government from outside Downing Street after a meeting with Her Majesty the Queen at Balmoral.

In an address to the nation, Ms Truss said: “We will transform Britain into an aspiration nation with high-paying jobs, safe streets and where everyone everywhere has the opportunities they deserve.

“I will take action this day and action every day to make it happen.”

She has already begun shaping her Cabinet with Dominic Raab, Steve Barclay and Grant Shapps all being sacked on Tuesday evening and announcing they were returning to the backbenches.

All three had been prominent backers of Rishi Sunak, Truss’s leadership rival.

Ms Truss vowed the country could overcome its challenging economic prospects, telling the public: “I’m 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.

“This is our vital mission to ensure opportunity and prosperity for all people and future generations. I’m determined to deliver.”

Ms Truss, 47, is the third female to hold office in history, and the 15th prime minister appointed under the Queen’s reign. The first was Winston Churchill in 1952.

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Mercer and Stephenson out of Government as Truss continues reshuffle

Andrew Stephenson said he was no longer Conservative Party chairman, as Ms Truss continues her reshuffle.

He tweeted: “Thanks to the brilliant hardworking team at Conservatives Central Office – it’s been an honour to be Party Chairman during the leadership contest & to campaign in 87 different seats. Best of luck to my successor!”

Meanwhile, Johnny Mercer, the former veterans affairs minster, has also been sacked from Government.

In a statement posted on social media, he said was “disappointed” to have been “relieved of my duties in Government” by Liz Truss.


Therese Coffey arrives into No 10

While no appointments have yet been made, Liz Truss loyalist, Therese Coffey, has just walked into Downing Street.

Ms Coffey, formerly at the Department of Work and Pensions, is expected to be announced as the new Health Secretary.

That means Kwasi Kwarteng, Suella Braverman, and Ms Coffey, have all been spotted going into No 10 so far.


Video shows moment Liz Truss arrived into No10 for first time as PM

Downing Street has just released a video of the moment Liz Truss walked into the world-famous building for the first time as Prime Minister.

Ms Truss, flanked by husband Hugh O’Leary, was applauded by staff as she made her way through the building.


Suella Braverman arrives at No 10

Suella Braverman has entered the front door of Number 10.

Ms Braverman is expected to be announced as the next Home Secretary.

The former Attorney General and former leadership contender walked up Downing Street, waving and smiling at the awaiting press.


Kwasi Kwarteng arrives at Downing Street

Kwasi Kwarteng, who is expected to become the next Chancellor, has just arrived at No10 Downing Street.

The former Business Secretary was pictured arriving at Downing Street minutes after a series of sackings from Cabinet.

Here is a picture from the BBC’s Economics correspondent, Faisal Islam.


Former Health Secretary Steve Barclay latest to leave Cabinet

Firings are now coming in thick and fast as Ms Truss begins to assemble a new top team, with Health Secretary, Steve Barclay, also leaving his post.

Mr Barclay said: “After 7 years in government I am returning to the backbenches. Thanks to all colleagues, both political & civil service, for their fantastic support.

“Wishing @trussliz & her ministerial team every success for the future.”


Grant Shapps also leaves Cabinet

A new Cabinet is now being unveiled, with former Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, also leaving his post.

Mr Shapps confirmed the news in a post on Twitter saying: It has been a privilege to serve as Transport Secretary; a job I loved.

“Now I look forward to being a strong, independent voice on the backbenches, developing policies that will further the Conservative cause and the interests of my constituents in Welwyn Hatfield.”


Dominic Raab to leave Cabinet

Dominic Raab, the former deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary, has tweeted he is leaving Cabinet.

He said: “Thanks to the brilliant MoJ team for all their hard work over the last year.

“Good luck to the new PM and her team. I look forward to supporting the government from the backbenches.”


New PM arrives at Parliament as fresh Cabinet to be appointed

Liz Truss has arrived at Parliament, according to reports, heralding the beginning of the Cabinet reshuffle.

The Daily Mail’s John Stevens reports the new PM has arrived in Parliament to begin sackings.

Many of the positions in Ms Truss’s top team have been briefed, although not confirmed, already, with Kwasi Kwarteng expected to become the next Chancellor.

James Cleverly is expected to be Foreign Secretary, and Suella Braverman, a former leadership contender, is lined up to become Home Secretary.


Truss: Mission is to ensure opportunity and prosperity for all

Ms Truss concluded her speech on an optimistic note, while conceding that there will be significant challenges.

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.

“This is our vital mission to ensure opportunity and prosperity for all people and future generations. I am determined to deliver Thank you.”

New Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O’Leary pose outside 10 Downing Street

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