Liz Truss has taken a direct approach to Prime Minister’s Questions, in her first trip to the dispatch box as PM.

A world away from the days of blustering Boris, Truss’ answers cut straight to the point.

The chamber as a whole seemed to be adjusting to the new circumstances, none more so than Keir Starmer. For all her flaws when it comes to public speaking, Truss managed to fend off the Labour leader’s attacks, with a few barbs of her own.

The battle of ideologies saw Starmer scold: “There is nothing new about the Tory fantasy of trickle-down economics, there is nothing new about this Tory Prime Minister who nodded through every decision that got us into this mess.”

“Well, there’s nothing new about a Labour leader that is calling for more tax rises,” came Truss’ rebuttal.

She managed to fit in a joke about the lack of female Labour leaders, even winning a laugh from Sir Keir.

“It is quite extraordinary isn’t it, that there doesn’t seem to be the ability in the Labour Party to find a female leader,” the new PM said, “or indeed a leader who doesn’t come from north London.”

The Hound can only regret that there were no questions about pork markets in today’s session.

Liz Truss has also been appointing her cabinet ministers, here is the new PM’s cabinet in full:

  • Elizabeth Truss – Prime Minister
  • Therese Coffey – Deputy Prime Minister and Health Secretary
  • Kwasi Kwarteng – Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • James Cleverly – Foreign Secretary
  • Suella Braverman – Home Secretary
  • Ben Wallace – Defence Secretary
  • Brandon Lewis – Justice Secretary
  • Nadhim Zahawi – Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Penny Mordaunt – Commons Leader
  • Lord True – Leader of the House of Lords
  • Jake Berry – Minister without Portfolio and Conservative Party chairman
  • Alok Sharma – COP26 President
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg – Business Secretary
  • Simon Clarke – Levelling Up Secretary
  • Kemi Badenoch – International Trade Secretary
  • Chloe Smith – Work and Pensions Secretary
  • Kit Malthouse – Education Secretary
  • Ranil Jayawardena – Environment Secretary
  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan – Transport Secretary
  • Michelle Donelan – Culture Secretary
  • Chris Heaton-Harris – Northern Ireland Secretary
  • Alister Jack – Scottish Secretary
  • Sir Robert Buckland – Welsh Secretary

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