A campaign that promises to be particularly tough. Nine Conservative MPs are now on Sunday 10 July in the UK to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Last to launch on Sunday morning, Secretary of State for International Trade, Penny Mordaunt, 49. This former navy reservist, first woman to hold the post of defense minister in 2019, insisted on the need for public debate “Revolves a little less around the leader”to focus on ” ship “.

A declared desire to escape the interminable succession of scandals who punctuated the mandate of Boris Johnson, to the point of leaving him no choice but to resign on Thursday, after an avalanche of departures in his government.

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Revelations and stink bombs

Open, the competition for the head of the Conservative party – and therefore Downing Street, with the Conservatives the majority in the House of Commons – bodes well for an electric summer, with its share of revelations and smelly balls.

On Saturday evening, in the columns of the conservative newspaper, former ministers Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid in turn announced their candidacies Sunday telegraph. Sajid Javid insisted on his tax cut plan, distancing himself from the line of Rishi Sunak, who is among the favorites and wants to wait for a fiscal consolidation before thinking of taking such a path, in a UK prey to an inflation not seen for forty years.

“Without tax cuts we will have no growth”Sajid Javid told the BBC on Sunday, who on Tuesday announced his resignation from the government launched the bleeding – some sixty departures in all – which proved fatal for Boris Johnson. Sajid Javid, 52, was followed nine minutes later by Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, but said they had not consulted.

Popular for the multiple economic support measures put in place at the height of the pandemic, 42-year-old Mr. Sunak found himself weakened for a time since the revelation of his wealthy wife’s use of a favorable 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.

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Liz Truss is expected to be nominated

Another serious candidate, Nadhim Zahawi: as Secretary of State, he had piloted the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination program, before moving from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Finance last week.

He sees his campaign start weighed down by the revelation in the press of a tax investigation targeting him. “We are clearly getting dirty”replied on Sky News, assuring that he was unaware of this investigation and that he did ” still “ paid and declared their taxes in the UK. He assured that in the event of an election he would make his income public every year.

The other competitors, whose chances of success seem much lower, are the Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Tugendhat, as well as thegeneral Attorney – head of legal advice to the government – Suella Braverman, and the 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 are not in doubt, while another favorite, his defense colleague, Ben Wallace, has announced on Saturday that he would give up.

In total, the party authorities anticipate about 15 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 Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, treasurer of the 1922 Committee, responsible for the internal organization of the party, he told himself “confident” On Sunday on LBC radio the two finalists will meet by 20 July.

The most precise time is on Monday, for a possible closure of applications on Tuesday, according to the Sunday telegraph. The aforementioned goal is to ensure that the final vote, open only to Conservative Party members, allows the winner to be designated by the beginning of September.

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