Liz Truss urges Rishi Sunak to be 'bold' as Prime Minister as she gives farewell speech

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Liz Truss said it had been “a huge honour” to be Prime Minister as she gave her final speech outside No10.

Ms Truss’s farewell speech comes just 49 days after she first walked through the historic door of No10 as Prime Minister.

She was forced to quit after unity within the Tory Party broke down.

Before giving her speech she held a final meeting of her Cabinet to say goodbye to her top team of ministers.

A No10 official said: “The Prime Minister opened Cabinet by thanking Ministers for their support. She said that in the short time the Government had been in place they had secured some significant achievements.

“She said the Government ensured the country was able to mourn the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and to welcome His Majesty King Charles III as the new monarch, a vital moment in the history of our country.

“The Prime Minister said the Government acted to immediately protect the public and businesses from unsustainably high energy bills – bringing in the Energy Price Guarantee to save the typical household around £700 this winter.

“The Government also stuck to its pledge to scrap the rise in national insurance and demonstrated its steadfast commitment in supporting Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s war of aggression.”

Therese Coffey, the Deputy Prime Minister, also used the meeting to thank Ms Truss “for her commitment to the country at a difficult time”.

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