Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has congratulated new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, on her victory in the Conservative Party leadership race. Ms Truss gained 81,326 votes from the party membership against 60,399 for rival Rishi Sunak.
Ms Truss will see Her Majesty the Queen at Balmoral tomorrow to formally take up office before returning to Number 10 to start work.
Welcoming her to her new role, Mr Jones said:
Being Prime Minister is a great responsibility and I offer Ms Truss my full support in her new role. I backed Rishi Sunak and he fought a very credible campaign.
I am though, first and foremost, a democrat and when your choice doesn’t win you need to accept that and row in behind the winner. We are fortunate to have a breadth of talent in the Government which provided us with an excellent field of candidates from which to choose any of whom would have been up to the job. Congratulations to Ms Truss on her success.
The new Prime Minister’s inbox will be busy with major issues such as the cost of living, the war in Ukraine and fuel prices among many others.
Mr Jones continued:
I want to see more action quickly on gas and electricity prices. While we cannot shield everyone from the whole of the increases we should be seeking to help those most vulnerable to large increases in their monthly bills as much as we can. Business also need support.
It’s a big agenda and I will play my part in taking it forward with our new Prime Minister’s Cabinet team.