The race to replace Boris Johnson: Everyone (we know) is officially in the race to become Britain’s new Prime Minister


Boris Johnson stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday, sparking a search for a new British prime minister.

Unlike the leak of leadership in Australia, things are not moving so fast and it will take some time to appoint a replacement for Mr Johnson – but that hasn’t stopped Conservative MPs from giving their votes just days after the announcement. to throw a hat into the ring.

So, who wants the gig?

Here’s a list of everyone who has announced they want the job.

There is no clear favorite and they are not ranked by likely prospects.

Leadership content rules will be announced next week.

Rishi Sunak

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Before becoming an MP in 2015, Mr. Sunak was a banker and hedge fund manager.Daniel Leal/Pool via AP, File

Former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced his leadership bid Friday with a campaign video in which he pledged to face the difficult economic backdrop with “honesty, seriousness and determination”, rather than placing the burden on future generations.

“Someone has to seize this moment and make the right decisions,” he said.

Mr Sunak became Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) in early 2020 and has been commended for an economic rescue package from COVID-19, including a costly job-preservation program that averted mass unemployment.

But he was later criticized for not providing households with enough support for living expenses.

Revelations this year about his wealthy wife’s non-resident tax status and a fine he received for violating the COVID lockdown rules have damaged his reputation.

Its tax and expenditure budget last year put Britain on course for its biggest tax burden since the 1950s, undermining its claims to promote lower taxes.

Sunak voted to leave the EU in 2016.

Kemi Badenoch

British Conservative MP Kemi Badenoch announced on Saturday that she is running for the UK’s next prime minister, promising a “focus on the essentials”.

“I’m introducing myself in this leadership election because I want to tell the truth,” she wrote in The Times newspaper.

She said the people of the UK are “exhausted by platitudes and empty rhetoric”.

“What is missing is an intellectual understanding of what it takes to run the country in an era of increasing polarization, protectionism and populism amplified by social media,” she wrote.

Ms Badenoch voted to leave the EU in 2016.

Tom Tugendhat

The chairman of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and a former soldier who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan also stuck his hat in the ring.

Tugendhat is a regular critic of Johnson and would offer his party a break with previous governments.

However, he is relatively untried as he never served in the cabinet.

He voted to stay in the EU.

Suella Braverman

Suella Braverman waves as she walks down Downing Street.
British Attorney General Suella Braverman has announced that she will run for Conservative Party leader.Reuters: Phil Noble

As Attorney General, Ms Braverman was heavily criticized by lawyers after the government attempted to break international law over post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland.

She campaigned to leave the EU and served as deputy minister in the Brexit department under Theresa May, but resigned in protest at the then prime minister’s proposed Brexit deal, saying she did not go far enough to cut ties with the bloc. break.

Conservative Party MP Steve Baker backed Mrs Braverman to replace Boris Johnson.

“With unwavering loyalty, I support Suella as Conservative leader and Prime Minister,” Baker wrote in The Telegraph on Friday.

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