Labour takes parting shot at Boris's legacy of 'sleaze and inflation'

Labour takes parting shot at Boris’s legacy of ‘sleaze and inflation’ as Keir Starmer prepares to open hostilities with new PM Liz Truss

Labour took a parting shot at Boris Johnson’s legacy of ‘sleaze and inflation’ today as Keir Starmer prepares to open hostilities with Liz Truss.

Deputy leader Angela Rayner swiped at the outgoing PM’s valedictory speech, saying he had overseen a fall in living standards.

And she said Liz Truss was implicated because she had served in Mr Johnson’s government. 

The barbs came as Ms Truss and Sir Keir gear up to clash at her first PMQs tomorrow. 

Labour took a parting shot at Boris Johnson’s (right) legacy of ‘sleaze and inflation’ today as Keir Starmer (left) prepares to open hostilities with Liz Truss

Ms Truss (pictured at Balmoral today) and Sir Keir are gearing up to clash at her first PMQs tomorrow

Ms Truss officially became Britain’s 56th Prime Minister this afternoon when the Queen asked her to form a government.

The newly-installed premier emerged from the monarch’s Balmoral residence in Scotland after completing the handover of power – a process known as ‘kissing hands’. 

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: ‘The Queen received in audience The Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP today and requested her to form a new administration. Ms Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon her appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.’

Speaking on College Green this morning, Ms Rayner said: ‘If you heard Boris Johnson’s speech this morning, you’d think everything was rosy and great.

‘Actually, the legacy is scandal, sleaze, the highest inflation for decades, cost-of-living crisis, people’s standard of living going down, we’ve seen the highest tax burden on the UK and we’ve seen GP waiting lists going up, we’ve seen the NHS engulfed in a crisis, we’ve seen our public services really demoralised.

‘He talked about levelling up, but northern rail has been levelled down, we’ve seen levelling down across the United Kingdom and partying when people quite frankly couldn’t see their relatives, and there was no acknowledgement of the scandalous behaviour from Boris Johnson – and of course Liz Truss was part of that Cabinet.

‘I thought it was astonishing that he thought it was a good laugh and said: ‘bye, I’ve been a rocket and it’s been great’, when actually, it’s been a damp squib and everyone’s poorer as a result of it.’

Ms Rayner added that the new prime minister should tackle the cost-of-living crisis by adopting Labour’s plan for a windfall tax on gas and oil companies alongside longer-term solutions like investing in renewable energy and retrofitting homes.

Mr Johnson swept out of Downing Street for the final time early this morning with a typically boisterous and classically allusive address to the nation.

Watched by MPs, aides and allies as he spoke on the steps of No10, the outgoing PM put a brave face on his departure saying ‘this is it, folks’.

Incoming premier Liz Truss was pictured meeting the smiling monarch at Balmoral as power is transferred – a process known as ‘kissing hands’.

After walking out of the famous black door with wife Carrie, he pointed out he ‘got Brexit done’ and oversaw the ‘fastest vaccine rollout’ during near three-year stint.

He delivered a stark message that Britain must continue supporting Ukraine against Vladimir Putin’s aggression, despite the economic pain caused by his ‘blackmail’ on gas prices.

And in a barb at MPs for dramatically ousting him, Mr Johnson said: ‘The baton will be handed over in what has unexpectedly turned out to be a relay race. They changed the rules halfway through, but never mind that now.’ 

Mr Johnson also sparked laughter by comparing himself to a ‘booster rocket’ that was being jettisoned, suggesting he would keep out of the way in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean.    

‘I will be offering this government nothing but the most fervent support,’ he said. ‘We will get through it, we will come out stronger the other side… it is time for us all to get behind Liz Truss.’ 

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