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Britain’s new PM: what can we expect?

Britain’s new PM: what can we expect?

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After weeks of hustings, TV debates and media spats, the Conservative Party finally announced Liz Truss as its new leader on 5 September and the country gained a new Prime Minister. 

The Conservative Party ran the election of our next prime minister in secret, with next to nothing revealed about its membership or what security checks were in place. Our own investigation found that membership includes foreign nationals, underage voters, fake identities and even the occasional pet. So who actually got to choose the next prime minister of the UK, and should the selection process be more transparent? 

Whoever voted for her, Truss faces a long list of problems including a cost of living crisis, the war in Ukraine, fractious relations with Europe, a divided Tory party, the hangover of Partygate, spiralling energy prices and much more. Surely anyone taking on all this is doomed to fail – so why was the fight for the top job so bloody? Can Britain’s new PM make a difference, or is this just the next chaotic act of British politics? 

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Co-founder and Editor

Archie Norman
Businessman and former MP

Kate Fall
Baroness Fall, former deputy political advisor to David Cameron and author of ‘The Gatekeeper: Life at the Heart of Number 10’

Sir Vince Cable
Author of ‘How to be a politician’