Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has welcomed the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss MP, to her role and set an immediate challenge for her to tackle the cost of living crisis.

The election of Liz Truss MP to the position of Leader of the UK Conservative Party means that she now becomes Prime Minister. She secured the lowest share of the vote of the 172,437 Conservative Party members in the history of the Tory Party with circa 57% of the vote. This means Liz Truss MP went into the leadership election with fewer Conservative MP endorsing her and the fewest number of Tory members supporting her in the position of Prime Minister.

Liz Truss MP, marks the fourth Conservative Prime Minister of the country in the last 12 years. During this time wages have been at record lows and inequality has spiralled out of control alongside child poverty.

From 1 October the new energy price cap will come into force at £3,549 per year for dual fuel customers. Businesses do not have an energy price cap and some businesses are already declaring that they will have to cease trading.

Predictions, which have been accurate for every price cap since so far, estimate that the cap in January 2023 could reach in excess of £6,000.

During the Conservative leadership election Liz Truss MP’s only offer was tax cuts and a spending squeeze on the public sector workers. Neither of which help tackle the cost of living crisis.

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:

“All Britain has to show for the last 12 years of Tory government is low wages, high prices, and a Tory cost of living crisis. Liz Truss offers more of the same old failed Tory ideas that got us in this mess.

I’m challenging the new Prime Minister to act now and fully adopt Labour’s energy price cap freeze. This must be fully funded from a windfall tax on the oil and gas producing giants who themselves admit they have more profits than what they know what to do with.

Liz Truss MP has a choice: follow Labour’s lead and solve the cost of living crisis or take her own path. Rumours of a knock-off price freeze have been circulating in recent days. But when you delve into the detail it’s another “buy-now-pay-later scheme”. Truss simply wants to shift the burden on future bills. She will be on the side of the oil barons and not Ogmore households.”

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