liz truss Received 57.4% of the votes and Rishi Sunak got 42.6% of the votes. This means that one of the four leaders of the Conservative Party, elected after a ballot of full membership, is the only leader with less than 60% of the vote.
At 82.6%, the turnout was lower than the ballot in which Boris Johnson was elected in 2019. But it was higher than in 2001 and 2005 (when the party was in opposition, and the result was counted less.)
In 2001, Ian Duncan Smith defeated Ken Clarke with 60.7% of the vote to Clark’s 39.3% in the final ballot. Voter turnout was 78.3%.
In 2005 David Cameron defeated David Davis in the final ballot with 67.6% of the votes, over Davis’ 32.3%. The turnout stood at 78.4%.
And in 2019 Boris Johnson defeated Jeremy Hunt in the final ballot with 66.4% of the vote to Hunt’s 33.6%. 87.4% voter turnout
truss Keep going:
During this leadership campaign, I campaigned as a conservative and I will rule as a conservative.
And my friends, we have to show that we will do better in the next two years.
I will present a bold plan to cut taxes and develop our economy.
I will deal with the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy bills, but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supply.
And I will deliver on the National Health Service.
But we all will do something for our country. And I will make sure that we harness all the wonderful talent of the Conservative Party, our splendid Members of Parliament and comrades, our splendid councillors, our MS, our MSPs, all our councilors and workers and members across our country. Because, my friends, I know we will deliver, we will deliver and we will deliver.
And we will drive a big victory for the Conservative Party in 2024. Thank you.
Speculation of the truss calling an earlier election should be dismissed in the context of an election in 2024 (not that it was very plausible in the first place).
And that’s it. Truss’s speech is over.
Friends and comrades, thank you for trusting me to lead our great Conservative Party, the largest political party on earth.
I know our beliefs resonate with the British people. Our belief in freedom, in the ability to control our lives, in low taxes, in personal responsibility.
I know that’s why people voted for us in such numbers in 2019 and as the leader of your party, I intend to fulfill the promise I made to those voters in our great country.
liz truss He said it was an honor to be elected the leader of the party. She thanks party workers for “conducting the longest job interview in history”.
She thanks her family, friends and supporters,
She pays tribute to her rivals, especially Rishi Sunak. She says she has shown “the breadth and depth of talent in the conservative party”.
And she thanks the outgoing leader, “my friend Boris Johnson.” She goes on:
Boris, you did Brexit. You crushed Jeremy Corbyn, you created the vaccine. And you stood in front of Vladimir Putin. You were praised from Kyiv to Carlisle.
The truss stops, but it takes a while for the audience to applaud.
Sir Graham Brady Now reading the result.
He says the ballot paper was free and fair as well as safe.
He thanked the executive committee and staff of 1922 for their work and the party board for organizing the hustings. And he thanks those involved in the counting, party members for taking it so seriously, all the candidates who stood, and especially Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.
He reads the result.
Liz Truss: 81,326
Rishi Sunak: 60,399
Voter turnout: 82.6%
Rejected Ballots: 654
Stephenson The hall welcomes two candidates. They take their seats. Liz Truss is smiling more than Rishi Sunak.
Stephenson Thanks to the MPs and the Executive of 1922 for their support.
And he offers a “huge thanks” to Boris Johnson.
His name provokes constant applause.
Stephenson says Johnson led the country through Brexit, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. It was never going to be easy. But Johnson rose to the challenge, he says.
He says that now it is necessary that the party unites behind the new leader.
Stephenson It is said that there have been 12 victims. They say 20,000 members have participated (after erroneously saying 2,000 initially) and were viewed online by 2.5 million people.
Andrew StephensonThe President of the Conservative Party is taking the stage.
He says that he is proud of the way this competition has been run. This has shown the Conservative Party to be “in good voice and in good strength”.
this is from the telegraph Christopher Hope.
Those MPs who are investing money to win Rishi Sunak are in minority. Chris Curtis, head of political voting at Opinium this morning, told the TODAY program that, although voting party members are tough (because there are relatively few of them, and it’s difficult to weigh samples by age etc.), he was “quite convincing. That Liz Truss would win because the polls showed her leading by such a huge margin.
The past elections have often been wrong. But if they are wrong, there is usually at least one poll challenging the consensus view, and journalists can find campaign insiders saying that the poll is misleading. None of these conditions apply in this contest. Even Sunak seemed to give up in his interview with the BBC’s Laura Kuensberg yesterday.
We are now only 15 minutes away from announcing the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former chancellor Rishi Sunak were the two candidates to make it to the ballot for party members. He was the candidate who came out on top after five consecutive rounds of voting by MPs, eliminating the original field of eight candidates in a shortlist of two.
The Conservative Party only began letting members choose leaders after 1997, and this is the fourth time an all-member ballot has been held. But this is only the second time that the party has used this process to elect a new leader while in office. The Conservative Party has only about 160,000 members (the CCHQ did not provide an updated figure until recently), and many have expressed concern that decisions about who will be the next prime minister are being made so small (more non-representative) sample of the population.
When Tory lawmakers voted for Boris Johnson to become prime minister in 2019, 92,153 members of the party voted for him in office.
Labor began voting its members in leadership elections after its defeat in 1979. But Labor members never had a chance to vote in a leadership contest while the party was in government. When Tony Blair resigned, Gordon Brown was elected unopposed in his place.
Party President Andrew Stephenson will deliver a brief speech at 12.30 pm. The result would then be announced by Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee.