Who is Liz Truss? From teenage Lib Dem to Britain’s new PM

Liz Truss will be the new UK prime minister after defeating Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership contest

It was a closer result than many pundits expected, with Truss taking 57% of valid votes cast

Speaking at a conference centre in Westminster, she thanked Sunak for a “hard-fought campaign” and pledged to deliver a “bold plan”

Truss will become prime minister on Tuesday after travelling to meet the Queen at Balmoral in Scotland

The current foreign secretary is under immediate pressure to announce a plan to tackle soaring energy costs

She is understood to be considering a freeze on energy bills, with an announcement potentially scheduled for Thursday

Labour’s Keir Starmer has congratulated her but says the country is facing a “Tory cost of living crisis”

One quirk of Tory leadership contests is that we find out how many members the party has got.

They are the only major UK party not to routinely release membership figures – but they do release the number entitled to take part in the leadership ballot.

That means the party had 172,437 members at the start of the contest in July.

That’s a slight increase on the 159,320 members entitled to vote in the 2019 contest that Boris Johnson won.

The turnout in this year’s contest was 82.6%, with 141,725 party members casting a ballot.

Who is Liz Truss? From teenage Lib Dem to Tory PM

So we now know Liz Truss will become the new UK prime minister after her victory in the Conservative Party leadership race. But what do we know about the 47-year-old?

In many ways, Mary Elizabeth Truss is not a conventional Tory.

Born in Oxford in 1975, she has described her father – a mathematics professor – and her mother – a nurse – as “left-wing”

As a young girl, her mother took part in marches for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament – an organisation vehemently opposed to the Thatcher government’s decision to allow US nuclear warheads to be installed at RAF Greenham Common, west of London.