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UK PM race: Rishi Sunak could be next British Prime Minister

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- October 22nd 2022 02:25 PM
UK PM race: Rishi Sunak could be next British Prime Minister

UK PM race: Rishi Sunak could be next British Prime Minister

UK PM race: Following the resignation of British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Conservative British politician of Indian descent Rishi Sunak is quick off the mark to bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party and the British Prime Ministership having secured more than a hundred nominations, which is the minimum requirement to contest for the post. Rishi Sunak late Friday became the first Tory leadership contender to reach the 100-nomination threshold to run for party leader following the resignation of British Prime Minister Liz Truss, reported Independent citing campaign sources. Sunak, who fell to Truss in the last leadership contest, got the backing of at least 100 Conservative Party lawmakers to enter the UK PM race. This is a key development after Liz Truss' resignation as UK Prime Minister on Thursday which threw the country into political turmoil and left it scrambling for a stable government, as the opposition reiterated its demand for a general election. Also Read | India's first indigenously developed cervical vaccine rollout by next year, says SII CEO Former UK PM Boris Johnson had also expressed his will to enter the UK PM race saying he is "up for it." On Friday, Penny Mordaunt, the Tory leader in the House of Commons too threw her hat in the ring. "I've been encouraged by support from colleagues who want a fresh start, a united party and leadership in the national interest," Mordaunt tweeted. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="750"]Rishi Sunak Sunak, who fell to Truss in the last leadership contest, got the backing of at least 100 Conservative Party lawmakers to enter the UK PM race.[/caption] After Sunak reached the 100 nomination mark, Conservative MP for Bournemouth East tweeted, "The free mkt experiment is over - it's been a low point in our Party's great history. The reset begins. Time for centrist, stable, fiscally responsible Government offering credible domestic & international leadership. Honoured to be the 100th Tory MP to support #Ready4Rishi." Former Health secretary Matt Hancock also confirmed his support for Sunak. He tweeted, "I have worked incredibly closely with Boris, Rishi & Penny in Government. I admire all three. With the challenges we face today: economic crisis & the need to restore authoritative leadership, Rishi Sunak is the best person to lead our country. I'm voting Rishi & hope you do too." [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="750"]Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak[/caption] Meanwhile, Tory MP Nigel Mills said it was a "mistake" for him not to back Sunak during the summer's leadership contest. Mills tweeted, "A few weeks ago I changed my mind and didn't back Rishi Sunak. I'm not making the same mistake again, he is clearly the prime minister we need to restore stability and tackle the many serious challenges facing the country." Tory MPs will vote on Monday, and two candidates will be put forward to the Tory membership unless one pulls out. The result will be announced on Friday, October 28. Also Read | Salman Khan indisposed; takes brief break from 'Bigg Boss 16' -PTC News with ANI inputs 

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