Rishi Sunak continues to lead Boris Johnson succession

Former British finance minister Rishi Sunak increased his lead in the race to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, after a fresh vote by Conservative Party MPs. According to the results announced by Graham Brady, who is in charge of organizing the internal elections, Rishi Sunak received 115 votes from Conservative Party MPs during this third ballot. Two final rounds are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The battle to qualify for the final head-to-head match – to be decided by activist votes – intensified between Secretary of State for International Trade Penny Mordaunt (82 votes) and Secretary of State Liz Truss (71 votes). Former Minister of State for Equality Kimi Badenouche was fourth with 58 votes, while Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat was eliminated by 31 votes.

Discussion canceled

Sky News announced on Monday, a day after a heated debate between these five candidates on Sunday evening, that the debate scheduled for Tuesday evening has been canceled, due to the refusal of Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to participate. According to the channel’s website, the prospect of a third live debate raises Conservative MPs’ concerns that exposing differences between the two candidates will weaken the majority. On Sunday evening, the campaign’s second debate led to more lively exchanges than the first, at the start of a crucial week in which only two finalists will remain in the race to be decided by the party’s 200,000 members during a postal vote. . The result is expected on the fifth of September.

Unconvincing during Friday’s first debate, the head of diplomacy, Liz Truss, set the tone Sunday night by attacking former government colleague Rishi Sunak from her first speeches, accusing her of leading the country into “recession” by raising taxes when he was in charge of the finances. Former Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt also attacked the former Chancellor of the Exchequer on the issue, who proposed borrowing to counter the cost of living crisis choking British households, with record inflation of 9.1% in May.

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Liz Truss, pro-Johnson candidate

Rishi Sunak replied, “This is socialism.” ” same [l’ancien chef de l’opposition] Jeremy Corbyn wouldn’t have gone that far! ‘, he began, bringing back a playoff that had been inflicted on him by a faithful Boris Johnson. Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak had been at odds since the campaign’s start. The 46-year-old candidate is the darling of the Johnson camp, convinced Rishi Sunak had been waiting for his time for several months before he He steps down on July 4, precipitating the downfall of the prime minister, which Rishi Sunak’s supporters deny.

During the attack, Liz Truss tried to catch up, having fallen in the first two rounds of voting to third behind Benny Mordaunt and Rishi Sunak, whose presence in the final appears to be out of question. According to Opinium’s poll of 1,000 people on Sunday evening, Rishi Sunak performed best (24% of respondents), ahead of Tom Tugendhat (19%), Penny Mordaunt (17%), Liz Truss (15%) and Kemi. Badnock (12%).

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