Former finance minister Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss will battle to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson.Former finance minister Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss will battle it out to become Britain’s next prime minister after they won the final vote among Conservative Party MPs, setting up the last stage of the contest to replace former leader Boris Johnson.
Johnson was forced to resign this month after he lost the support of his legislators following months of scandals, including breaches of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown rules.
“Grateful that my colleagues have put their trust in me today. I will work night and day to deliver our message around the country,” Sunak posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
Sunak has led in all rounds of the voting among Conservative legislators but it is Truss who seems to have gained the advantage so far among the 200,000 members of the governing party who will ultimately choose the winner.
Grateful that my colleagues have put their trust in me today.
I will work night and day to deliver our message around the country.
Join the team at https://t.co/3cXn1rFhca pic.twitter.com/ro612xDAcL
— Ready For Rishi (@RishiSunak) July 20, 2022
Truss also took to social media to thank her supporters saying she is “ready to hit the ground running from day one”.
Eleven candidates originally put their names forward but in a fifth and final ballot of Conservative legislators on Wednesday, the junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt was eliminated. Sunak won 137 votes, versus Truss’s 113 and Mordaunt’s 105.
Whoever triumphs when the result is announced on September 5 will inherit some of the most difficult economic conditions in Britain in decades. Inflation is on course to hit 11 percent annually, growth is stalling, industrial action is on the rise and the pound is near historic l …