The race to resolve the leadership of the ruling British Conservative Party after the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson begins to take shape with the appearance of the first candidates. This Friday, the first of the favorites has joined: the former Minister of Economy, Rishi Sunak, who together with the former head of Health Sajid Javid began the cascade of resignations last Tuesday that ended up putting Johnson on the ropes, has announced his candidacy .
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“I am running to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and its prime minister. Let’s restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunify the country,” Sunak, 42, tweeted alongside a video in which he tells the story of his family and his hopes of emigrating to the UK. His catchphrase is “Ready4Rishi” (“Ready for Rishi”).
Johnson announced his resignation as leader of his formation on Thursday but remains prime minister until the Tories choose his replacement. The race waged by the candidates is expected to be very open and may not be resolved until after the summer – the so-called 1922 Committee, which brings together the parliamentary group toryelects its new executive on Monday, who will launch the electoral process to decide who will be the new leader.
Some candidates have already been added to the race, such as the president of the parliamentary committee on Foreign Affairs, Tom Tugendhat, the attorney general Suella Braverman and the deputy brexiter Steve Baker. However, the name of Sunak, who until Tuesday was the government’s de facto number two as chancellor, is among the favorites to succeed Johnson, along with others such as Defense Minister Ben Wallace.
In his resignation letter, Sunak distanced himself from the chief executive’s lack of “seriousness and competence” and focused heavily on the need for a new economic strategy. As he explains Guardian, although Javid was a few minutes ahead of him, it is possible that the audacity shown by the economy minister in his decision to leave the post has increased his chances of leading the government, although his hopes were dashed earlier this year.
Sunak’s image has been affected by the Downing Street party scandal, the partygate, for which he was fined and for which he apologized, although he always defended that he was only passing through. The controversy around to your family’s financial arrangements It could do even more damage.
That episode caused his popularity to plummet, which he had carved out by giving press conferences to explain the aid plans for COVID-19, which he quickly approved to keep families and companies afloat and earned him public recognition. But lately he has also received criticism for his lack of agility when it comes to helping citizens during the crisis due to rising prices, as well as for blunders that make him seem far from the general feeling, such as when he surrounds himself with objects of luxury or like when he built a swimming pool in his Yorkshire mansion, according to the British media.
on the bench tory he still has supporters who see him as calm and unflappable. After submitting his candidacy, Sunak has begun to seek support from Conservative MPs, including Mark Spencer, Leader of the Commons.
Sunak became chancellor on February 13, 2020, replacing Javid, who also resigned for the first time due to differences with Johnson. Previously, he had been head of the Treasury since July 2019, after making his debut as an MP in the House of Commons in 2015 after a career in the finance sector. He held positions at various financial firms, including the investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Raised in the city of Southampton, in the south of England, Sunak is the grandson of immigrants from the Indian region of Punjab, who came to the UK in the 1960s from East Africa. He was educated at the elite private school in Winchester and graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE, in English) from the English University of Oxford.
From what is known of his political profile, it is known that he supported leaving the European Union in the 2016 consultation and supported the agreement negotiated with Brussels by the former Prime Minister, Theresa May, rejected three times by Parliament.