Boris Johnson was fighting on Sunday to gain enough support to make a stunning comeback as Britain’s prime minister as senior Conservative politicians voiced their support for former finance minister Rishi Sunak.
The two men became early favorites to replace Liz Truss, who announced her resignation on Thursday after just six weeks into a term that has plunged Britain into political and economic turmoil.
Sunak announced on Sunday morning that he would be entering the contest. He tweeted, “Britain is a great country, but we are facing a serious economic crisis. That is why I am the leader of the Conservative Party and the position to be the next Prime Minister. We will rebuild the economy and unite the party. I want to do my best for the country,” he said.
The former Treasury secretary has already reached the threshold of 100 nominations to move on to the ballot stage, but Johnson’s allies say the former prime minister is back from vacation in the Caribbean and intends to be in the race. There is, PA News reported, but he has yet to declare himself standing.
Many of Johnson’s supporters accuse Sunak’s resignation in July of sparking regime change, so a runoff between the two could split the ruling Conservative Party. Some news outlets have speculated that the two men may have some sort of deal.
The BBC reported that a meeting had taken place between Johnson and Snak, but “it was not made clear what they discussed”, but the UK’s PA media news agency said the two had met “late at night” on Saturday. It is said that he concentrated on the talks until then.”
Meanwhile, Sky News called the conference a “secret summit.”
Sunak and Johnson will be at odds with Speaker of the House Penny Mordaunt if he decides to run for office. He said that
In an interview on Sunday, Mordaunt said in an interview with the BBC that he “very much regrets that the budget was small … I had expressed my concerns even before I entered the Cabinet”, adding that “the Cabinet did not know” the budget. He added that there were details about
The last time the Conservatives held a leadership election, after the fall of Johnson’s government, Truss was number one, Sunak was number two and Mordaunt was number three.
Graham Brady, the Conservative official in charge of the process, said any candidate would have to receive at least 100 nominations from their party’s MPs by 2pm local time on Monday.
Since the party has 357 members, this threshold effectively narrows the range of potential candidates to a maximum of 3.
If even one candidate meets that threshold, that candidate automatically becomes the leader. Otherwise, the remaining candidates will be put to an online vote by Conservative Party members, which will close on Friday 28 October.
Truss stepped down on Thursday, just six weeks into her disastrous term that has plunged Britain into political and economic turmoil. Her successor will be her fifth prime minister to lead the country since she voted in favor of Brexit in 2016.
The leader of the main opposition Labor Party, Kiel Sturmer, renewed his call for Sunday’s general election after claiming people were “fed up” with the consequences of the Conservative leadership and government’s decisions.
“There are choices to be made. We need a general election! asked in a BBC interview.
Former Home Secretary Priti Patel on Saturday became one of Johnson’s most prominent supporters in his quest to become prime minister. We are on a mission to provide a proven track record of doing it right,” she said in a tweet.
But his chances of returning to top office are divided within the Conservative Party, with many MPs fearing the prospect of Johnson becoming prime minister for a second time.
Johnson’s former deputy prime minister and secretary of foreign affairs Dominic Raab told the BBC there was “no turning back” and the prime minister still faces a so-called partygate scandal investigation into illegal gatherings in Downing Street. He pointed out that
The former prime minister is expected to appear before the Commons Privileges Committee in the coming weeks to investigate whether he misled parliament over his political party.