Liz Truss’ ‘sign’ during speech shows she’s ‘genuinely relieved’

Liz Truss announces her resignation as Prime Minister

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Body language expert Darren Stanton talked on behalf of Lord Ping and analysed the non-verbal communication during Liz Truss’ resignation speech. According to the expert, her facial expressions showed “the weight had been lifted”.

Darren pointed out that the former Prime Minister looked “more natural” during the resignation speech than at the PMQs but most importantly, Truss hunching her shoulders suggests she is “relieved” to have resigned, the expert claimed.

The body language guru explained: “What was a very lacklustre and short press conference at Number 10 saw Liz Truss deliver her resignation speech in her usual monotonic delivery.

“While her speech was flat, her body language showed it was clear to see the Prime Minister was actually quite relieved.

“Her shoulders hunched down as she flipped between looking towards the camera and down at her prepared notes – a tell-tale sign of her body instantly relaxing after confirming she is stepping down.”

In terms of her expression, Darren explained her face “demonstrated this feeling of relief and like a weight had been lifted as her speech came to a close”.

“Judging by the length of her speech and her refusal to take questions, it was clear Truss didn’t feel completely at ease standing outside of Number 10.”

Truss’ appearance outside Downing Street was “a slight contrast to how she acted at PMQs” the day before, the expert stated. 

Darren explained: “She tried to appear more comfortable at the despatch box and delivered her points in a robust manner, but to the trained eye, it lacked confidence.

“During PMQs, it felt like she was playing a part and was relying on bravado and her use of sarcasm to assert her dominance.

“Today, we saw a much more natural Liz Truss who seemed genuinely relieved that her time as PM was coming to an end.”

To deliver the speech outside Downing Street, the former leader of the Conservative Party wore a navy dress.

Fashion psychologist Shakaila Forbes-Bell explained on ITV’s Lorraine that the colour blue was intentional for Ms Truss.

She said: “When we talk about colour psychology, we think about colours in wavelengths.

“So, you have short wavelength colours like greens and purples and blues, which has been shown to suppress the nervous system and actually make you feel calmer and more relaxed.

“It’s such a high-pressured situation right now that Liz Truss is in, so it makes sense that she would want to go for these more muted tones.”

The Prime Minister was elected as leader of the Conservative Party on September 5, 2022.

Speaking from Downing Street, Ms Truss said she recognised that “given the situation, I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party”.

She added: “This morning I met the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.

“We’ve agreed that there will be a leadership election to be completed within the next week.

“This will ensure that we remain on a path to deliver our fiscal plan and maintain our country’s economic stability and national security.”

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