The eight candidates vying to succeed Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister are now known

The list of candidates vying to become the new leader of the Conservative Party – and eventually the UK’s next prime minister – is now overhauled. The Conservative Party Committee, which is responsible for organizing these elections after the announcement of Boris Johnson’s resignation on 7 July against the backdrop of repeated scandals, announced on Tuesday 12 July that eight people have gathered at least twenty Parliamentary sponsorships from the Conservative Party. Required for nomination:

  • former Equality Minister Kimi Badenouch;
  • Government legal advisorAttorney General), Suella Braverman;
  • former Secretary of State and Health Jeremy Hunt;
  • Former Secretary of Defense and former Secretary of Commerce Penny Mordaunt.
  • former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak;
  • Chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat;
  • Secretary of State Liz Truss.
  • The last Minister of Finance Nadim Zahawi.

Former Health Minister Sajid Javid, whose resignation was among those that increased pressure on Boris Johnson, withdrew from the race ahead of the announcement of the final list of candidates. Two other candidates, Minister of State for Transport, Grant Shapps and MP Rahman Chishti, also withdrew due to lack of support.

Voting for Boris Johnson’s successor over the summer will take place in phases and open only to party members. The first ballot was scheduled for Wednesday, with candidates failing to get at least 30 votes. Further rounds will take place on Thursday and, if necessary, during the following week. The Conservative Party wants the eventual winners to be picked by July 21, so they can spend the rest of the summer campaigning across the country.

Johnson, who remained prime minister until his successor was known on September 5, resigned as Conservative Party leader after some 60 of his officials closed the door, weary of recurring scandals.

Rishi Sunak

Former finance minister Rishi Sunak, who resigned by a large margin from the government over the past week, taking with him about 60 other members of the executive branch, is now among the candidates to succeed Boris Johnson. However, Mr Sunak, 42, was careful not to criticize his former leader, saying in his campaign speech that “Boris Johnson is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met, and despite what some commentators say, he has a good background”.

Unlike his rivals, Rishi Sunak has been cautious about tax cuts amid rising inflation. It’s a question of ‘when’, no if »But he reassured. “We need to get back to the conservative values ​​of economics, and that means honesty and responsibility, not fairytales”. Sunak was criticized as chancellor for not doing enough to ease the grip on British households due to the cost of living crisis.

Confronting him, the former Secretary of Defense and the last Secretary of Commerce, Penny Mordaunt, and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, emerged as rivals. The latter received support from Brexit Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg and Secretary of State for Culture Nadine Doris, both staunch supporters of Brexit and allies of Boris Johnson. Liz has always been against raising taxes in my feathers [Sunak]And the Mr. Rhys-Mogg said. A convinced skeptic of the EU, she will meet voters’ expectations and believe in lower taxes. »

The campaign has so far been limited to resonant launch videos, vague promises – with most candidates asserting they will implement tax cuts without making clear how they will be funded – and discussions of everything gender. And this is how the last Minister of Finance, Nadim Zahawi, felt that we were trying “dirty”, when the press reported that he was the subject of a tax investigation. He promised to publish his tax return every year if he became prime minister.

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Le Monde with the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters

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