LONDON, July 10 The battle to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister gained steam on Sunday after nine Tory MPs, including two ministers, had already submitted their nominations.
The Secretary of State for Commerce, Penny Mordaunt, was the latest to join the list of candidates today: Economy Minister Nadim Zahawi; Person in charge of transportation, Grant Shapps; former Health Ministers Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt and former Economy Minister Rishi Sunak; Chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat; Attorney General Soila Braverman, and former Minister of State for Equality Kimi Badenouche.
Johnson was forced to resign last Thursday after more than 50 members of his cabinet resigned in protest against his administration and the scandals that have swept his leadership, such as parties at his Downing Street residence during the pandemic.
The 1922 Commission will determine the timetable for the elections
The formal race for elections will begin once the so-called 1922 Committee, which brings together Conservative MPs without portfolio, appoints its executive responsibility on Monday and sets the timetable for the process, with the aim of having by the beginning of September the UK will have a new head of government.
As this leadership race continues, Johnson remains at the helm of the UK government.
In addition to the nine candidates, Secretary of State Liz Truss is expected to present her nomination on Monday.
Although the process hasn’t officially started yet, politicians have already started their own campaigns, with tax cuts as one of the main promises.
Pledge to cut taxes
Today, in comments to the BBC, Hunt and Sajed both defended this tax cut, one of the traditional measures of the Conservatives, and highlighted their experiences in the ministries they have worked in – health, foreign affairs first, economy and health. Second-.
Meanwhile, Mordaunt informed his decision via his Twitter account, in which he posted a video suggesting that the conservative leadership should change so that it is less focused on the personality of the leader and more on the problems plaguing the state.
The other candidates are also expected to reveal details of their proposals in the coming days.
Politicians will be subject to a series of votes, as candidates will be disqualified until only two are left.
The final decision will be made by the state party members, and they will have to choose between one of the last two candidates.
The 1922 commission’s treasurer, Jeffrey Clifton-Brown, told LBC Radio today that he was confident that by July 20 – before the parliamentary summer recess – the last two candidates would remain, which would speed up the process.
“We now have nine people entering the race. I’m sure there will be at least a few more before the nominations close on Monday, after which the process will begin,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Labor opposition today called for Johnson’s immediate departure, rather than waiting for the new leader to be elected, or else it is ready to submit a motion of censure in the House of Commons to force his departure.
Labour’s Home Affairs spokeswoman Yvette Cooper told the BBC Today: “It is in the national interest for Boris Johnson to leave. I honestly think it is harmful for him to cling to (power)”.
Cooper trusted Johnson would agree to leave Downing Street, which would force the appointment of a deputy governor who would temporarily take control of the government. EFE
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