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In first speech as UK PM, Truss promises to ‘ride out’ economic storm

New British Prime Minister Liz Truss makes an address outside Downing Street in London, Tuesday, September 6, 2022 after returning from Balmoral in Scotland where she was formally appointed by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
New British Prime Minister Liz Truss makes an address outside Downing Street in London, Tuesday, September 6, 2022 after returning from Balmoral in Scotland where she was formally appointed by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Liz Truss promises that Britain would see sunnier days ahead despite the current economic gloom, as she makes her first speech as prime minister after taking over from Boris Johnson.

Heavy rain and thunder forced supporters of the country’s third female prime minister to scramble for cover as they waited for her to arrive at Downing Street.

But the clouds lifted as the 47-year-old former foreign secretary’s motorcade swept in, and she vows that the country would “ride out the storm” of double-digit inflation and soaring energy prices.

“I will take action this week to deal with energy bills and to secure our future energy supply,” she says.

“As strong as the storm may be, I know that the British people are stronger,” she adds, outlining her priorities as the economy, energy and health.

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