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In just over a week’s time we’ll get the result of the Tory leadership election and the strong signs are that the prize has gone to the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, who appears to be winning the CON members’ ballot by a big margin.
Her next challenge will be to ensure that her party is still in power after the general election. Unlike recent previous PMs she will it have within her power to decide on the date of the next election which should mean that she’ll be able to hold it at a time that appears best for her party. But she will have a huge task ahead of her.
All the signs are that things are going to be pretty grim in the intervening period because of the fuel crisis and the impact of rising prices. But she will have the initial benefit of not being Boris. Her challenge is that unless the Tories can win a majority the chances are that Starmer will be the one who is called to the Palace.
I think that at current odds the LAB leader is a good bet.