Awkward pause after Liz Truss says Boris is 'admired from Kyiv to Carlisle'

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An awkward moment arose during new Prime Minister Liz Truss’s victory speech when she said Boris Johnson is ‘admired from Kyiv to Carlisle’.

The incoming British leader’s audience didn’t realise they were supposed to clap as she praised ‘my friend Boris’.

The result was an uncomfortable three-second silence before a smattering of applause began, eventually turning into louder claps.

Ms Truss first told a crowd of Tories it was an ‘honour’ to be elected, before thanking her family, friends and colleagues, and paying tribute to rival Rishi Sunak.

‘And I also want to thank our outgoing leader, my friend, Boris Johnson’, she said, to cheers.

She then continued: ‘Boris, you got Brexit done. You crushed Jeremy Corbyn. You rolled out the vaccine, and you stood up to Vladimir Putin. You are admired from Kyiv to Carlisle.’

While Conservatives will likely agree that Mr Johnson can boast many achievements for his time in office, it was his own party who forced him out.

Around 60 Tories resigned after he finally admitted he knew about sexual misconduct claims surrounding MP Chris Pincher when he made him deputy chief whip.

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This scandal followed numerous others, including Partygate, the Owen Paterson debacle and his controversial flat refurbishment.

In total, Ms Truss received 81,326 votes from the Tory membership compared to Mr Sunak’s 60,399.

Mr Johnson wasn’t spotted in the crowd but has since congratulated his replacement on her ‘decisive win’.

He tweeted: ‘I have been proud to serve as leader of the Conservative Party for the last three years, winning the biggest majority for decades, getting Brexit done, overseeing the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe and giving vital support to Ukraine.

I have been proud to serve as leader of the Conservative Party for the last three years, winning the biggest majority for decades, getting Brexit done, overseeing the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe and giving vital support to Ukraine.

‘Congratulations to @trussliz on her decisive win. I know she has the right plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, unite our party and continue the great work of uniting and levelling up our country. 

‘Now is the time for all Conservatives to get behind her 100 per cent.’

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