Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are final candidates :The Conservative Party leadership race narrowed to two candidates on Wednesday, which means that Boris Johnson will be succeed by Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss. A series of scandals led to dozens of resignations of cabinet ministers earlier in the month, prompting Johnson to quit as party leader.
During five rounds of voting, members of parliament narrowed down the field of Conservative candidates to two.
In the final round, Sunak won 137 votes and Truss got 113, while Penny Mordaunt came in second with 105 votes. Both of the final two candidates took to Twitter to comment on the result.
My colleagues have put their trust in me today and I am grateful for that. I will work night and day to deliver our message around the country,” tweeted Sunak.
As for Truss, she tweeted: “Thank you for trusting me. I’m ready to take on the challenges from day one Now about 160,000 rank-and-file members of the party will have their say, and in September the winner — and next prime minister — will be announced.
It was Johnson’s government that produced both of the candidates who made it to the final two of the Conservative party leadership contest. Consequently, it could be marred by the scandals that brought Johnson down.
In the first case, Johnson whipped members of parliament to protect an ally who breached lobbying laws, One of the best-known scandals was “Partygate” involving Johnson and several political allies, including Sunak.
Due to violation of the government’s own Covid-19 restrictions, the group was fined by the police. In this way, Johnson became the first premier in history to have been found guilty of breaking the law while in office.
There is an enormous task ahead for the final two candidates, as the UK is suffering a cost-of-living crisis and the Conservative Party has become increasingly unpopular.
After Johnson’s successor takes over, the opposition Labour Party has no hesitation in reminding whoever succeeds him that it was part of Johnson’s government.
Johnson attended the House of Commons’ final Prime Minister’s Questions session on Wednesday.
The president boasted about his government’s response to the pandemic and its defense of Ukraine against Russia. We’ve helped, I’ve helped, get this country through a pandemic and help save another country from barbarism. And frankly, that’s enough to be going on with. Mission largely accomplished,As Johnson said, “I’d like to thank everyone here and say goodbye, baby.
Wildfires sparked by a record-breaking heatwave also helped highlight the UK’s under-preparedness for the climate emergency and the need for urgent measures to reduce carbon emissions during the last round of the leadership race.
In case you don’t know who the two final candidates are, here’s what you need to know:
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For a long time, Sunak has been considered the frontrunner. He served as Johnson’s Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) from 2020 until 2022.
and gained a largely positive public profile after introducing popular measures during the coronavirus pandemic, such as the furlough scheme and discounts on eating in restaurants.
He has recently come under pressure over questions regarding the tax status of his wife, Akshata Murthy, a multi-millionaire who is domiciled in India.
Sunak may find this level of scrutiny hard, and some Conservatives worry that he may buckle under the pressure of being prime minister.
In spite of this, he consistently leads the Conservative party in the first round of voting.
Polling of Conservative members can be difficult, especially at such tumultuous times, but in those that have taken place Sunak has consistently come second to Truss among party members.
He would have to overcome criticism from all sides of the political spectrum if he were to become president. Sunak would be reminded by opposition leaders that he was fined at the same Partygate event as Johnson.
Sunak is also expected to be questioned as to why he remained loyal to Johnson for so long, only resigning after the scandal involving Johnson’s chief whip, Chris Pincher.
The problem gets worse when Johnson loyalists argue that Sunak’s resignation weakened Johnson’s premiership.In this sense, Sunak might be the front-runner, but will be surrounded by enemies on all sides.
Truss also has a Johnson association issue. She is still Johnson’s foreign secretary and will remain so until he leaves office in September. She has supported her leader throughout all of his scandals, justifying the fact that she didn’t resign over the Pincher scandal because the UK was responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Some might accept that explanation, but Truss is also largely viewed as a continuation candidate for Johnson. Her chief endorsers are some of Johnson’s most loyal allies, which could complicate her attempts to distance herself from the current prime minister.
She will also find it hard to disassociate herself from Johnson’s policies, since Truss, who supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum, has been an arch-Brexiteer ever since.
Since Johnson has taken office, she’s been his trade secretary and his foreign secretary. As the former, she has tub-thumped as loudly as Johnson over each and every trade deal signed, even ones that were simply rollover deals from the UK’s time in the EU.