Johnson was followed by four candidates – Sunak won again
British Conservatives are searching for a successor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Foreign politician Tom Tugendhat was excluded from the vote. The remaining four candidates will face off again on Wednesday.
I amThe field of candidates has narrowed to four names in the race to succeed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a vote by the conservative Tory faction, the committee responsible announced on Monday evening that the chairman of the foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugenhardt, who is considered a moderate, was eliminated as the last place.
By Wednesday evening, after additional votes, there should be only two candidates. Since then, the partisans have come into play. It will be clear on September 5 who will succeed Johnson as party leader and head of government.
Former finance minister Rishi Sunak is the favorite after getting the most votes in Monday’s polls. Sunak and rival Liz Truss – now secretary of state – slammed each other during a televised debate on Sunday evening. The intensity of the argument is said to have caused concern within the party. The two clashed over their differing proposals for tax cuts. But there were also personal attacks.
Sunak and Truss, who finished third in the most recent poll, withdrew their commitment to a further televised debate scheduled for Monday, after which the broadcaster canceled the event altogether. Secretary of State for Trade Benny Mordant and MP Kemi Patenok are also in the running, with the second highest number of votes on Monday.
Regardless of the procedure, the government announced that a confidence vote would be held on Monday evening. He was responding to criticism that he blocked a no-confidence motion against Johnson by the opposition Labor Party last week. Labor wanted to force Johnson to resign immediately. If the government fails a confidence vote, an early election will be inevitable – but even Johnson’s opponents in the Tory party want to avoid it this time because of poor poll numbers. Therefore, it was considered that the government was certain to win the vote count.
Opposition leader and Labor leader Keir Starmer said it was “ridiculous” that Johnson was likely to win the referendum if it was clear he had lost the support of his group. Johnson himself defended his political legacy with a fiery speech later that afternoon. The outgoing prime minister told London’s House of Commons that she was done with Brexit and had made the right decisions on the big issues.
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