The new U.K. Prime Minister to substitute the outgoing Mr. Boris Johnson will be announced on September 5, 2022, the ruling Conservative party verified, with 11 hopefuls currently opposing the job. The leadership contest was then triggered when Mr. Johnson was pressured to step down after more than 50 resignations from his administration in opposition to his scandal-hit premiership. The article contains New U.K. Prime Minister To Be Declared On September.
The influential 1922 Committee of non-ministerial Mr. Tory MPs in parliament outlined a timetable for the party’s leadership election. Nominations will officially open and close, with a new Prime Minister fixed to be established when parliament returns from the break on September 5, Graham Brady, Chair of the 1922 Committee.
With calls for Mr. Johnson to resign from Downing Street as soon as possible and to ignore the process dragging into MPs’ summer holidays, the numbers are likely to be pared down quickly to just two. However, the Joint-executive Secretary of the 1922 Committee, Bob Blackman, confirmed they were strict about doing that before parliament breaks for July 21.
To speed up the process, candidates must have 20 MPs backing them to participate in the race, and any candidate who fails to get the assistance of 30 MPs in the first ballot will be eliminated. Mr. Rishi Sunak and Mr. Sajid Javid are among those running whose departures as Finance Minister and Health Minister sparked the rates of resignations.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Mr. Sunak’s successor Nadhim Zahawi have also announced, and Home Secretary Priti Patel is mulling a bid. But a poll of grassroots members by the influential ConservativeHome website showed strong support for less high-profile candidates, with former defense minister Penny Mordaunt holding a narrow lead over arch-conservative Kemi Badenoch.
Brexit figurehead Johnson declared his departure as party leader but stayed in Downing Street until a replacement was discovered. Mr. Javid said that with Britain facing a soaring cost-of-living crisis, energy price hikes, and the war in Ukraine, there was more need for competence in the nation’s leaders.
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