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Liz Truss Becomes UK’s New Prime Minister

Liz Truss became U.K. prime minister on Tuesday and immediately confronted the enormous task ahead of her amid increasing pressure to curb soaring prices, ease labor unrest and fix a health care system burdened by long waiting lists and staff shortages.

At the top of her in-box is the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which threatens to push energy bills to unaffordable levels, shuttering businesses and leaving the nation’s poorest people shivering in icy homes this winter.

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Next UK Prime Minister

The next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will either be former Chancellor Rishi Sunak or Foreign Minister Liz Truss, both long-term allies of outgoing leader Boris Johnson, associates of the World Economic Forum, and representing a basic status-quo position rather than one of change.

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CONSERVATIVES SURPRISE WIN IN UK ELECTIONS

In the UK elections, the Conservatives led by David Cameron, were elected by a landslide victory with a clear majority in the House of Commons.

The result was unseen by exit polls and journalists alike, who had predicted a close race between Labour and the ruling Conservatives. All media talk prior to election day was about coalition government, though neither main party would be drawn on who they would work closely with, in the event of a hung parliament.

Casualties of the day turned out to be the Labour Party especially in Scotland, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP (the UK Independence Party), who all suffered major loses.  The Scottish National Party (SNP), who recently lost but did well in the Scottish referendum last September, gained all the Scottish seats except 3, to form the 3rd largest party in the UK parliament.

Leaders Ed Miliband (Labour) and Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats) immediately resigned as a result of the election night results and new leaders will be elected shortly.  Meanwhile, David Cameron (Conservative) continues to run the country, unopposed, for a further five years.

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BRITAIN GOES TO WAR

Britain is to join the war against ISIS, after the UK Parliament overwhelmingly backed air strikes targeting the terrorists in Iraq.

Prime Minister David Cameron said there was a “strong case” for extending the air strikes into Syria. He warned that the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was likely to last for “years”.

During an emergency session of Parliament on Friday, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs largely united as they voted 524 to 43 in favour of joining military action in Iraq.

The FBI said earlier this week it had identified Jihadi John, the British terrorist who has been filmed apparently beheading Western hostages.

Last night, six RAF Tornados based in Cyprus were poised to strike targets in Iraq within hours. The military intervention marks the third war in Iraq involving British personnel in the past 25 years.

Britain is now on high alert for revenge attacks after a series of arrests over the past two days. Counter-terrorist police yesterday arrested two men on the M6 near Rugby.

The Prime Minister said: “‘Is there a threat to the British people? The answer is yes. ISIL has already murdered one British hostage and has threatened to murder two more.

“ISIL is a terrorist organisation unlike those we have dealt with before. The brutality is staggering — beheadings, crucifixions, gouging out of eyes, use of rape as a weapon. All those things belong to the Dark Ages. This is about psychopathic terrorists who are trying to kill us. Like it or not they have already declared war on us.” Mr Cameron said Isil posed a direct threat to Britain, citing six plots linked to the terrorist group which had been foiled across Europe.

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UK GOVERNMENT HAVE GIVEN UP TRYING TO CUT BENEFITS

In the UK the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has admitted that the government have given up trying to cut benefits spending. Since coming to power the UK government have sought to cut Britain’s budget deficit, and one of the main parts of this plan was to bring welfare spending under control.

However, Ian Duncan Smith has now said that they have given up trying to do this, instead they will focus on managing benefit increases. Duncan Smith also admitted that, “all those on benefits will still see cash increases in every year of this Parliament”.

A government minister told the press that there will need to be a more radical solution to welfare dependence in the UK.

The government have faced stiff opposition in their attempts to rein in public spending. The Department of Budget Responsibility have projected that the total government spending on benefits will be the equivalent of around £1,000 per family by 2015-16.

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BRITAIN’S CREDIT RATING DOWNGRADED BY MOODY’S TO AA1

The UK has had it’s credit rating downgraded one notch from AAA to AA1 by the credit rating agency Moody’s. Out of all the major economies this leaves only Canada and Germany with their top credit ratings intact.

The downgrade is a major blow for the government who have been tackling the UKs massive debt mountain, seeking to end the UK budget deficit by 2016.

Moody’s made the downgrade due to the continued poor economic growth, pointing out, “continuing weakness in the UK’s medium-term growth outlook, with a period of sluggish growth which [it] now expects will extend into the second half of the decade”.

UK Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to continue on his course of deficit reduction, calling Moody’s decision a “stark reminder of the debt problems facing our country – and the clearest possible warning to anyone who thinks we can run away from dealing with those problems”.

“Far from weakening our resolve to deliver our economic recovery plan, this decision redoubles it.”

Last year all three major credit rating agencies placed the UK on negative outlook.

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UK PARLIAMENT VOTES TO LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE

The House of Commons, in London, voted today to legalise same-sex marriage. The Prime Minister won the vote with a comfortable margin of 400 to 175 against. The bill will now pass to the House of Lords, where it is expected to face stiffer opposition.

The bill has divided David Cameron’s Conservative party, with more than half of his own MPs voting against the bill, and the Prime Minister relying on support from the Liberal Democrats and Labour to win the vote.

Although the bill is likely to face a tougher challenge in the Lords, it is predicted that the bill will become law, by May.

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