Next Prime Minister announced TODAY as Boris Johnson's successor faces immediate headache

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The Foreign Secretary is expected to be unveiled as Boris Johnson’s successor at 12.30pm today when the result of the Tory leadership election is finally announced. For six weeks Ms Truss and her rival Rishi Sunak have toured the country setting out their different visions for the country.

Exclusive polling for Express.co.uk by TechneUK published on Friday as voting closed indicated the South West Norfolk MP was set to storm to victory with the support of 64 percent of Conservative members compared to the 36 percent thought to have backed Mr Sunak.

While the candidates will only find out who has won the race for No10 10 minutes before the result is public, Ms Truss has already started planning for her expected premiership.

After weeks of accusations of a “Zombie Government”, the new Prime Minister will face extreme pressure to quickly get a grip on a number of issues facing the country.

Polling for this website indicates more than half of all voters want tackling rising energy bills to be the top priority for the new resident in Downing Street.

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The next Tory leader will be announced at 12.30pm today

The next Tory leader will be announced at 12.30pm today (Image: PA)

The TechneUK survey found 52 percent of the public saw it as the number one issue facing the country.

However, the number drops to just 39 percent among Conservative voters, with almost as many backers of the Tories (36 percent) saying tax cuts must be the no1 issue for the new Prime Minister.

At the same time, hardline Brexiteer on the Government backbenches in the House of Commons want fast action on tackling the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

One senior MP told Express.co.uk: “I wasn’t convinced by Liz Truss. But then she outlined how she intended to deal with the Protocol. It was clear she got it.

“She made clear it was a priority and I suspect she’ll deliver.”

Keep reading for a full breakdown of the UK public’s priorities and Ms Truss’s plans.

Voters have different priorities for the incoming Prime Minister

Voters have different priorities for the incoming Prime Minister (Image: TechneUK)

Energy costs – 52 percent

Energy bills are set to rise by 80 percent.

Last month the regulator Ofgem confirmed average annual energy bills would increase to £3,549 a year from October 1.

As well as being the top priority of voters, the Government has faced intense pressure to act to ease the b on Britons from a number of stakeholders.

Energy companies, charities, opposition political parties and Conservative backbenchers all want to see rapid action on the crisis.

Yesterday Ms Truss vowed to outline her plan to deal with rising energy bills “within one week”.

“I will make sure there is an announcement on how we are going to deal with the issue of energy bills and of long-term supply to put this country on the right footing for winter,” she told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg.

Liz Truss yesterday promised help on energy bills within a week

Liz Truss yesterday promised help on energy bills within a week (Image: BBC)

Tax cuts – 21 percent

More than one in five members of the public believe reducing the crippling level of taxes should be the immediate priority for the next Prime Minister.

National Insurance contributions have been ramped up to help fund social care and clear the NHS backlog, council tax has increased, income tax thresholds have been frozen, and corporation tax is due to rise from April next year.

The reforms mean that by 2026, Britain is currently set to face its highest tax burden since the 1950s.

Ms Truss has vowed to reverse the National Insurance rise as part of an emergency budget and to cancel the planned Corporation tax hike.

National Insurance increase

National Insurance increase (Image: EXPRESS)

Ukraine war – nine percent

Britain has been hailed by Ukraine as its closest ally in the war against Russia ever since Vladimir Putin ordered his barbaric invasion in February.

The UK has helped lead international efforts to weaken the Kremlin’s efforts.

When Boris Johnson was ousted from office in July, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted he “worries a lot” about what will happen to Britain’s support going forwards.

Almost 10 percent of those surveyed believe standing firm against Moscow must be the new Prime Minister’s top priority.

Ms Truss has pledged to break with the tradition of the Prime Minister speaking to the White House as their first call in No10 to instead phone President Zelensky to reaffirm her support for Ukraine.

President Zelensky has admitted fears for UK support after Boris Johnson

President Zelensky has admitted fears for UK support after Boris Johnson (Image: No10)

Strike action – nine percent

Union barons have threatened to grind the UK to a halt in the coming months unless their workers receive substantial pay rises.

Over the summer a number of unions have staged walkouts in protest at salaries increasing at a lower rate than inflation.

Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) secretary general Mick Lynch has led the industrial action, wreaking havoc on Britain’s public transport system on multiple occasions over the past eight weeks.

A hero of left-wing trade unionists, he has said he would back a general strike across the country.

Ms Truss has said within her first 30 days she would introduce legislation that requires minimum service levels on critical national infrastructure during industrial action.

Mick Lynch has said he would support a general strike

Mick Lynch has said he would support a general strike (Image: PA)

Achieving net zero – five percent

Climate change continues to be the priority for a minority.

With scientists warning about temperatures rising to dangerous levels Britain is committed to reducing its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

However, critics have warned that the Government has failed to set out a detailed enough plan of how it will reach the target.

Ms Truss says she remains committed to net zero but has not set out any plans on the matter.

EU relations and fixing the Northern Ireland Protocol

With the power-sharing executive in Stormont not sitting due to a row over the impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol, the EU withdrawal agreement remains the key priority for a small number of UK voters.

Unionists warn the integrity of the UK is undermined by the deal due to customs checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea to the province.

For almost a year now the Westminster Government has tried to reach a compromise deal with Brussels over the frictions caused by the international agreement.

With the EU refusing to budge on its position, there is pressure for the incoming Prime minister to find a solution to the border frictions.

Ms Truss has promised to push ahead with passing the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in Parliament to give the UK the power to unilaterally suspend aspects of the deal.



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