Brighton Tories are calling on the party to rally behind the new Prime Minister

CONSERVATIVES have called on the party to “come together” and support Liz Truss if she becomes party leader and prime minister.

Mrs Truss has an audience with the Queen at Balmoral today, where she will be formally invited to form a government.

The Brighton and Hove Conservative Association expressed relief that weeks of leadership elections have come to an end and said the new prime minister needs to “start up” to deal with a host of issues facing the country.

A spokeswoman for the association said: “The election result itself has shown a clear preference among members for Liz Truss.

“It is now up to the party to get behind her and give her our support – and she must bring the party together and show that the support is justified.

“As Parliament reconvenes this week, it is important that it gets off to a flying start to deal with the nation’s current crises of energy prices, inflation and strikes.

“We await the details of her new cabinet and her plans to address these issues.”

The spokeswoman added that the crises stemmed “with great respect” from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and said parliament was united in its determination to support the Ukrainian people.

Boris Johnson met the Queen earlier today to officially offer his resignation, while Liz Truss prepares to step into Number 10.

The Argus: Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered farewell speech to Number 10 today: credit - PAOutgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a farewell speech to Number 10 today: credit – PA

In a farewell speech this morning, he said he was like “one of those launch vehicles that have done their job” and would “gently re-enter the atmosphere and land invisibly in a remote and obscure corner of the Pacific.”

He called on Conservatives to unite and support his successor, but conveyed a sense of bitterness about how his departure came about.

The Prime Minister said: “The baton will be passed in what has unexpectedly turned out to be a relay race.

“They changed the rules halfway, but it doesn’t matter now.”

He used his speech to celebrate milestones during his tenure, citing the government’s track record on Brexit, vaccine rollout and support for Ukraine during the Russian invasion. Brighton Tories are calling on the party to rally behind the new Prime Minister

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