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Rayner shot down after 'awkward and stale' PM jibe: 'Why don't you pop along?'

The Foreign Secretary was announced as the next Prime Minister a short while ago, winning a two-month campaign against rival Rishi Sunak. But the Labour deputy leader described her speech to Conservative MPs and members as “painfully awkward and stale”.

Julia Hartley-Brewer, a conservative broadcaster and commentator, shot back: “Why don’t you pop along to liven things up by calling them all ‘Tory scum’?”

Last year, Ms Rayner was heavily criticised for referring to Tories as “scum” during a speech at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference.

She later apologised “unreservedly” for the remarks after receiving a string of threats that led to police making an arrest. 

Ms Rayner said that “in the future I will be more careful about how I do that and in the language that I choose”.

Others took to social media to ridicule the left-wing MP. One joked that it was “no way for a Labour MP to talk about the leader of the opposition” in a reference to Sir Keir Starmer.

Another asked: “Has Rayner finally realised who the leader of her party is?”

Meanwhile, others drew a comparison between Ms Truss – who will become the nation’s third female MP, and is expected to appoint an ethnically diverse cabinet – and the fact that Labour has yet to appoint a female leader.

Ms Truss defeated Mr Sunak in a ballot of Tory members with 81,326 votes to 60,399, garnering 57 percent support among the party’s electorate.

She is expected to travel to meet the Queen tomorrow (Tuesday) to ask to form a Government, before assembling a cabinet.

The Foreign Secretary will take over at a time when the country faces multiple crises, including soaring inflation, a cost of living crisis spurred on by high energy prices, and a massive backlog of patients on the health service following the pandemic.

During her speech this afternoon (Monday), Ms Truss thanked fellow MPs and Tory members for “putting your faith in me to lead our great Conservative Party, the greatest political party on earth”.

She said: “I know that our beliefs resonate with the British people – our beliefs in freedom, in the ability to control your own life, in low taxes, in personal responsibility, and I know that’s why people voted for us in such numbers in 2019.

“And as your party leader, I intend to deliver what we promised those voters right across our great country.

“During this leadership campaign, I campaigned as a Conservative and I will govern as a Conservative.”

The incoming Tory leader, who will replace Boris Johnson, pledged to “deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy”, as well as tackle the energy crisis and issues with the NHS. 

She added: “We will deliver a great victory for the Conservative Party in 2024.”



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