Head of diplomacy Liz Truss embarked on the race to take over the succession of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday evening, in a campaign marked by debate on fiscal policy and which promises to be particularly bitter. The campaign to succeed Bojo also promises to be very open, with a total of 11 competitors. Here are the top favorites in the Downing Street race that promises an electric summer, with its share of revelations and stink bombs.

Rishi Sunak

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer, who resigned with a bang from his post last week, was the first heavyweight to enter the contest. As the competition has only just begun, he is among the big favorites to take over from BoJo, who had lost ground due to his fortune and the tax arrangements of his wealthy wife, who was frowned upon in the midst of the power crisis.

Rishi Sunak, whose grandparents emigrated from northern India to the UK in the 1960s, was an analyst at Goldman Sachs and then employed in hedge funds. He was elected deputy in 2015. He is the first Hindu to have served as finance minister. The 42-year-old Brexit supporter became finance minister in 2020 but was criticized for his insufficient action against the price spike.

Liz Truss

Her bluntness and willingness to meddle in culture wars made Foreign Minister Liz Truss quite popular with the Tory base. Liz Truss, 46, received the delicate assignment as a reward for her work as Minister of International Trade. In this position, this champion of free trade, who had voted in favor of staying in the European Union before switching sides, has concluded a series of post-Brexit trade deals.

His hard line about invading Ukraine or his threats to break the EU deal on Northern Ireland appeals to some conservatives. Already strong from the public support of several deputies, she declared herself on Sunday evening in the columns of the Daily telegraph.

Penny Mordaunt

Currently Foreign Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt, 49, was a figure in the 2016 Brexit campaign and has worked to negotiate trade deals ever since. She was the first woman to become Minister of Defense in May 2019. She left this post when Boris Johnson came to power.

This Royal Navy reservist, who announced his candidacy on Sunday, is considered a good speaker. She has recently become popular with conservatives and is seen as a serious option to replace the prime minister. She came out on Sunday.

Sajid Javid

A declared candidate since Saturday evening, the health minister was the first to leave the government on Tuesday. He had already resigned in 2020 from the position of Minister of Finance. Sajid Javid, 52, voted in 2016 to remain in the European Union, but later sided in favor of Brexit. He is the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver and became a famous banker before entering politics.

Nadhim Zahawi

The new finance minister is respected among the British after the successful Covid vaccination campaign he oversaw. Born in Baghdad of Kurdish parents in June 1967, he emigrated to the UK at the age of nine. He founded the market research firm YouGov in 2000, resigned ten years later to enter politics and was elected an MP.

In September 2021 he was appointed Minister of Education. His candidacy was announced on Saturday.

Jeremy hunts

Former Foreign and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, 55, lost to Boris Johnson in the 2019 election for the leadership of the party. A companion of Boris Johnson and David Cameron of the University of Oxford, Jeremy Hunt, who taught English in Japan, was one of the few figures to openly challenge the Prime Minister in last month’s no-confidence vote. However, he is considered non-charismatic. On Saturday he announced his candidacy.

The other competitors, whose chances of success appear to be much lower, are Transport Minister Grant Shapps, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat, as well as Attorney General – in charge of legal advice to the government – Suella Braverman, and former Secretary of State for Equality Kemi Badenoch. Last to arrive in the race, the deputy Rehman Chishti, almost unknown to the general public.

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, said he was “confident” on Sunday on LBC radio that the two finalists will be known 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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