Speculations are growing as to what the first days of a Liz Truss government might look like, with reports that as prime minister he could quickly move to lift the fracking ban.
With only a few days to go until the winner of the Tory leadership race is announced, Ms. Truss remains the overwhelming favorite to succeed Boris Johnson.
Voting for the contest closed at 5pm on Friday, as the Conservative Party said nearly 20,000 members participated in the filthy and a total of 2.2 million people witnessed an online robbery.
If successful, it would mean Ms. Truss enters number 10 amid growing concern about the energy crisis and growing demands for the government to urgently step in to support families this winter.
And after a long race in which the foreign minister has clashed repeatedly with rival and former chancellor Rishi Sunak, Ms. Truss will also be under pressure to keep her electoral commitments.
According to an article in The Sun newspaper, Ms. Truss would have followed one of her political promises by moving swiftly to lift the ban on fracking.
The document reports that lifting the effective fracking ban could happen in the early days of a Truss administration and, according to its plans, would allow fracking to happen only with the support of local communities.
The Telegraph also reports that Ms. Truss is considering defining how to address the energy crisis in her new cabinet within 24 hours of taking office.
The favorite has so far indicated that she would offer new support to families, but gave few details on what form it could take.
In his last message on Friday, he paid tribute to the party members he had met in recent months.
He said: “It has been fantastic to meet and speak with thousands of members across the UK over the past six weeks.
“Our members make our party great and I would like to thank all the volunteers who have helped along the way.
“I believe in a brighter and better future for Great Britain. I have a bold plan that will grow our economy and provide higher wages, greater security for families and world-class public services.
“I will do this by cutting taxes, pushing through supply-side reform and cutting the bureaucracy that is holding back businesses.
“If I am elected prime minister, I will never allow anyone to discourage us and I will do everything in my power to make sure our great nation is successful.”
Mr. Sunak said he was “humiliated” by his engagement with the party faithful.
“This is a fundamental election for our country and for the future of the Conservative Party, given that an historic fifth term in government is awaited.
“Huge challenges lie ahead, but also huge opportunities. I know what it takes to get through tough times. I did it as chancellor and I will do it again as prime minister. “
Conservative Party President Andrew Stephenson paid tribute to the two candidates and party members at the close of voting in the Tory leadership race.
“During my 80-seat tour across the country, I found our members in good voice and ready to fight against the Labor and Liberal Democrats and win the historic fifth term in the next general election.
“Whatever the outcome of Monday, I know that our party is ready to unite around a new leader and face the challenges we face as a country that awaits us.”
That call was picked up by Conservative MPs on Friday, with several prominent members of the parliamentary party urging all sides to join once the new leader is chosen.
Sajid Javid, the former health secretary who failed in his attempt to become the next leader, tweeted: “Whatever the outcome, let’s unite, deliver and win.”
Penny Mordaunt, a one-time favorite in the race to reach the last two of the contest, also tweeted: “We give all the support to our new PM.”
But Ms. Truss also faced new criticism coming on Saturday after the Guardian published a piece by a police chief describing some of its law and order policies as “meaningless.”
Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Richard Lewis said that while some of his proposals might make “interesting headlines”, such ideas are “meaningless without further explanation from the hopeful Tory leadership.”
Boris Johnson’s successor will be announced on Monday, who will take over as prime minister the next day.
Mr Johnson and his successor will travel to Balmoral rather than Buckingham Palace for the appointment of the new prime minister on Tuesday, in a break with tradition.
The Queen will receive Mr Johnson on Tuesday 6 September at her home in Aberdeenshire, where she will formally submit her resignation.
This will be followed by a hearing with the new Tory leader, where she or he will be invited to form a government.