Leaving four candidates in the race to succeed Johnson – Sunak wins again
British Conservatives are looking for a successor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Foreign politician Tom Tugendhat was excluded from the vote. The four remaining candidates will face each other on Wednesday.
IIn the race to succeed outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the field of candidates has shrunk to four names. In a vote by the Conservative Conservative Party, the foreign affairs committee chair, Tom Tugendhat, who was considered a moderate, was removed as a last resort, the responsible committee announced Monday night.
On Wednesday evening, after further voting, only two applicants should be left. After that, the floor to the party members. It should be clear on September 5 who will succeed Johnson as party leader and head of government.
Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, who again received the most votes in Monday’s vote, was the front-runner. Sunak and his rival, Liz Truss – the current Secretary of State – sharply criticized each other during a televised debate on Sunday night. The intensity of the brawl reportedly sparked concern within the party. The two clashed, among other things, over different plans for tax cuts. But there were also personal attacks.
Sunak and Truss, who finished third in the latest vote, withdrew their commitment to a further television debate planned for Monday, after which radio broadcaster canceled the event entirely. Also among the candidates are Secretary of State for Commerce Penny Mordaunt, who received the second largest number of votes on Monday, and Representative Kimmy Badenouch.
Regardless of the measure, the government announced a vote of confidence Monday evening. She was responding to criticism that she had blocked a motion of no-confidence against Johnson put forward by the opposition Labor Party last week. Labor wanted to force Johnson to resign immediately. If the government loses the confidence vote, a snap election will be inevitable – but even Johnson’s opponents in the Conservative Party want to avoid that at all costs for now due to poor poll numbers. So the government was sure to win the vote.
Opposition leader and Labor leader Keir Starmer called it “ridiculous” that Johnson was likely to win the vote when it was clear he had lost the support of his group. Johnson himself defended his political legacy with a fiery speech that afternoon. The outgoing prime minister said in the House of Commons in London that he has completed Brexit and made the right decisions on the big issues.