Eight candidates in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister

The party announced on Tuesday that eight Conservative MPs would be in the race to become Britain’s prime minister, with front-runner Rishi Sunak launching his campaign by saying he would “trigger his demise” to outgoing Boris Johnson. Will not pretend”.

Former Finance Minister Sunak, his successor Nadim Zhawi, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, former Defense Minister Penny Mordant and former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt all had the support of more than 20 lawmakers, the threshold required to enter the race.

They are joined by outsiders Kemi Badenoch, Suella Braverman and Tom Tugendhat in Wednesday’s first round of voting, where at least one will be eliminated.

Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid, 42, resigned last week in protest of Johnson’s scandal-hit administration, prompting a wave of government resignations that forced him to step down as Conservative leader.

Javid announced he was running, but pulled out on Tuesday for not getting enough support.

Johnson is staying as prime minister in Downing Street until internal party competition finds his successor. The result is on 5th September.

But the main opposition Labor Party said it would try to move a no-confidence motion in the government to try to remove him as soon as possible.

Labor leader Keir Starmer said last week from his actions, the Tories had “concluded that the prime minister is unfit”.

Labor wanted the vote on Wednesday, but the Daily Telegraph reported that the government had refused to allow time to debate the motion.

“Since the prime minister has already resigned and the leadership process is underway, we do not think this is a valuable use of parliamentary time,” the newspaper quoted a government source as saying.

“They may have the next business day to debate whether Labor should amend their proposal appropriately.”

‘excellent’

Sunak, who was appointed chancellor of the exchequer in early 2020 as the Covid pandemic hit, is an early favorite with bookmakers.

But he has refused to distance himself from Johnson’s administration, which he said was instrumental in supporting businesses and workers during the pandemic.

He called Johnson “one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met”.

After a Johnson aide accused Sunak of being a treacherous “snake,” he told enthusiastic supporters, “Whatever some commentators may say, he has a good heart.”

“I will have no part in the rewriting of history that seeks to denigrate Boris, exaggerate his mistakes or denigrate his efforts,” he said.

Johnson’s departure was a spectacular fall from grace for a politician who won a landslide election victory in December 2019 and pulled the country out of the European Union just a month later.

Sunak said he would not shy away from praising or recognizing Johnson’s leadership in the fight against Covid or his staunch support for Ukraine.

He has won the support of Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab.

Patel out

Home Secretary Priti Patel – who likes Truss, a favorite of the Tory right – was rumored to be joining the fray, but declined to bid.

After several days of sparring among the leading contenders, Patel expressed hope that “the competition will be conducted in the good spirit that brings our party together”.

Those who fail to get 30 votes in Wednesday’s vote will be eliminated. A series of votes will be held next week until there are only two left in the race.

After this, the members of the Grassroots Party will vote.

Sunak, who would become Britain’s first Hindu prime minister if successful, said he had a plan to steer the country through difficult economic times, not least by rising cost of living.

But unlike many other candidates, he said the “promise of much higher spending and lower taxes was not credible”.

And he dismissed claims that, as part of Johnson’s tarnished administration, that was not the fresh start he was claiming.

He said he had already responded to revelations about his wealthy wife – after it emerged she was not paying UK tax on foreign income – and that while serving as chancellor, he still had a US Had a green card for residence.

Both Sunak and Johnson were also fined by police for attending a lockdown-breaking party in Downing Street.

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