British Prime Minister Liz Truss She resigned on Thursday after less than two months in power, saying she recognized she “cannot give the mandate” to which she was elected.
Here are the likely main contenders to succeed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, following the announcement of her resignation on Thursday:
-Sage Sunak –
Truss easily defeated the former chancellor of the exchequer in this summer’s Tory leadership contest, winning over party members with a promise to reduce taxes and regulations without curbing government spending.
Rishi SunkiThe 42-year-old warned that her plan to fund the proposals through additional borrowing was reckless and could lead to decades of high inflation in Britain as well as erode market confidence.
Now that he has been proven right, Sunak was established as an early favorite by bookmakers following the dramatic announcement of the truce.
He won the support of the largest number of Tory MPs in successive rounds of voting, before party members established a truce.
A new YouGov poll on Tuesday found it has the best rating of Truss’s avoided options — albeit still with an overall net favorability rating of -18.
But now he is also seen as a divisive figure.
Many members of the party, who usually make the final decision on whether to lead the party, are unwilling to forgive him for his role in ousting former prime minister Boris Johnson.
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– Boris Johnson –
The former prime minister stepped down early last month following a rebellion between his cabinet and Tory lawmakers, sparked by the resignation of Sunak and others from his faltering government after months of controversy.
Buoyed by several strong signs from Johnson himself, speculation has swirled that he would attempt an eventual comeback – though some thought it might be possible quickly.
The Times reported after Truss’s demise that he was planning to enter the race.
The always-enthusiastic Brexit figurehead is popular with Conservative lawmakers and a section of the party. But his brand among the wider electorate was badly damaged by his scandal-tainted three-year term.
A recent YouGov poll showed that the 58-year-old is far more popular than Truss. Yet about two-thirds of those who asked had an unfavorable opinion of them.
Johnson has kept a low profile since resigning, giving a paid speech in the United States last week, but his views on Britain’s current crisis were no indication.
He was thought to favor Truss in the summer leadership contest – although his former top aide-turned-critic Dominic Cummings argued that this was because he expected his tenure to be disastrous and short-lived, paving the way for his return. will be expansive.
– Ben Wallace –
Wallace has impressed as defense minister, with Britain playing a key role in the global response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Popular with members, it came as a surprise when the former Army captain opted not to enter the race to replace Boris Johnson over the summer, saying he “didn’t want enough of it”.
But asked at a recent Conservative Party convention if he would consider running, the 52-year-old said: “I don’t rule it out.”
In the most recent survey of Tory activists by the website ConservativeHome, Wallace scored a net approval rating of 85.8 points, far ahead of any potential rivals.
As a soldier, Wallace led a patrol that attempted a bomb attack on an IRA unit. He was also part of the team that brought Princess Diana’s body home after a car accident in Paris.
– Penny Mordant –
The current cabinet member, 49, was an early grassroots favorite for Johnson’s successor, and came within the votes of eight MPs defeating Truss to make the final run-off against Sunak.
The former defense and trade minister was a strong Brexit supporter and key figure in the 2016 “Leave” campaign.
But he has faced criticism in the recent leadership race, with some lawmakers accusing him of being ineffective in previous government roles.
Mordant’s profile rose this week after he was sent out on Monday in place of a truce to answer an urgent question in parliament from the Labor opposition about the recent economic turmoil.
Despite being forced to explain that the prime minister was “not under the desk” – in response to allegations that the truss was hiding – Mordant was seen coping well with a fiery House of Commons.
Among other possible runners up, new Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt and former cabinet heavyweight Michael Gove had both dismissed themselves.
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