Last to launch Sunday morning, Secretary of State for International Trade Penny Mordaunt, 49.

Nine Conservative MPs are now launched in the UK on Sunday to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a campaign in which many candidates wish to highlight their difference from former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak on tax matters.

Last to launch Sunday morning, Secretary of State for International Trade Penny Mordaunt, 49. This former Navy reservist, who was the first woman to hold the position of Defense Minister in 2019, insisted on the need for a public debate “rotates a little less around the leaderfocus onship“.

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Revelations and low blows

A clear will to get out of the endless succession of scandals that marred Boris Johnson’s mandate, until he left him no choice but to resign on Thursday, after an avalanche of resignations in his government.

Open, the competition that will open for the head of the Conservative party – and therefore for Downing Street, with the Tories being the majority in the House of Commons – heralds a particularly lively summer, with its share of revelations and low blows.

On Saturday evening, in the columns of the conservative newspaper, former ministers Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid in turn announced their candidacies Sunday telegraph. Both have insisted on their tax reduction projects, distancing themselves from the line of Rishi Sunak who wants to wait for the recovery of public finances before thinking of embarking on such a path, in a UK plagued by inflation that was not seen. for 40 years.

Without tax cuts, we will not have growthSajid Javid told the BBC on Sunday, who announcing his resignation from the government on Tuesday launched the bleeding – around sixty departures in all – which proved fatal for Boris Johnson. Sajid Javid, 52, was followed nine minutes later by Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, but assured that the two men had not consulted.

A favorite gives up

Popular for the multiple economic support measures deployed at the height of the pandemic, Rishi Sunak was weakened for a time by the revelation of his wealthy wife’s use of a profitable tax system. The first heavyweight to be thrown, he seems to have managed to recover and enjoys a lot of support from MPs.

But he risks suffering the wrath of Camp Johnson who suspects him of treason. Apparently Rishi Sunak did not inform the Prime Minister before leaving the government.

Another serious candidate, Nadhim Zahawi, who as Secretary of State piloted the UK’s Covid vaccination program, before moving from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Finance last week, sees his campaign start weighed down by the revelation on the printing a tax investigation against you. He has ensured that all of his financial interests have been duly declared.

The other competitors, whose chances of success appear to be much smaller, are Transport Minister Grant Shapps, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat, as well as the Attorney General – in charge of advising the government on legal grounds – Suella Braverman, and former Secretary of State for Equality Kemi Badenoch.

The party is still awaiting the entry into the race of Foreign Minister Liz Truss, whose intentions do not seem to be in doubt, while another favorite, his defense colleague Ben Wallace, announced on Saturday that he had given up.

In total, the party authorities anticipate about fifteen nominations, an influx that suggests an increase in the thresholds in terms of sponsorships or number of votes in the first part of the process. But the treasurer of the 1922 Committee, in charge of the internal organization of the party, said to himself “confidentSunday on LBC radio that the two finalists will be known by 20 July.

Despite this tight schedule, the aforementioned goal is to ensure that the final vote, open only to Conservative Party members, allows the winner to be named by the beginning of September.

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