Rishi Sunak, the former British Chancellor of the Exchequer, was the first to win the support of at least 100 Conservative MPs as a possible candidate to lead the party after the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss. According to the Guardian, Boris Johnson has it as well in the meantime, although it’s not official yet.
Tobias Ellwood tweeted: “Proud to be the 100th Tory MP to support #Ready4Rishi.”
Thus, Sunak is far ahead of Benny Mordaunt, the Conservative leader in the British House of Commons, who was the first to announce on Friday that she is a candidate to succeed Truss, and Boris Johnson, who boycotted his holiday to take another chance. for the position of Prime Minister.
Truss announced her resignation as prime minister on Thursday after a short and complicated stay at 10 Downing Street. There should be clarification on her succession by the end of next week at the latest. Candidates must receive at least 100 nominations (out of 357 MPs) from Conservative members of the House of Commons. This means that a series of potential candidates will be dropped and a maximum of three remain.
Among these three will be former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A British newspaper reported that WatchmanBut it is not official yet. Johnson is said to have had the support of more than 100 MPs, but only 51 officially voted for him. A British radio station described it as a desperate move by Johnson to save face. This claim comes from the Sunak camp.
According to the BBC, Sunak now has the support of more than 120 MPs. Benny Mordaunt will not convince more than 20 deputies, according to British Public Radio. By Saturday night, Sunak and Johnson had yet to officially introduce themselves as captains.
Applications should be known by Monday. There is a chance to announce a new prime minister soon.
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