Rishi Sunak 'humbled and honoured' to be elected Conservative leader

Rishi Sunak will become the next prime minister after he was elected as the new Conservative Party leader.

Rishi Sunak has said it is the “greatest privilege” of his life to be able to give back to the country that he owes so much to.

In his first speech after being elected as leader of the Conservatives, Sunak pledged to serve as prime minister with “integrity and humility”.

Speaking at his party’s headquarters in London, the former chancellor acknowledged the “profound” economic challenges faced by the UK.

He also praised his predecessor, Liz Truss, who resigned after just six weeks in Number 10.

“I’d like to pay tribute to Liz Truss for her dedicated public service to the country,” said Sunak.

“She has led with dignity and grace through a time of great change and under exceptionally difficult circumstances, both at home and abroad.”

Sunak underlined the need for “stability and unity” as he set out his intention to bring his party and the country together.

He continued: “I am humbled and honoured to have the support of my parliamentary colleagues and to be elected as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party.

“It is the greatest privilege of my life to be able to serve the party I love and give back to the country I owe so much to.

“The United Kingdom is a great country, but there is no doubt we face a profound economic challenge.

“We now need stability and unity and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together because that is the only way we will overcome the challenges we face and build a better, more prosperous future for our children and our grandchildren.”

Sunak added: “I pledge that I will serve you with integrity and humility, and I will work day in, day out, to deliver for the British people.”

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