five candidates now in the running to succeed Boris Johnson

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After the second round of voting to choose Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s successor, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak was put back in the lead by Conservative MPs on Thursday, ahead of poll favorite Penny Mordaunt.

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak was once again placed in the lead by Conservative MPs on Thursday 14 July, in the second round of internal voting to choose Prime Minister’s successor Boris Johnson, ahead of the favorite in the polls, Penny Mordaunt.

Rishi Sunak, 42, got 101 votes, ahead of Penny Mordaunt (83 votes) and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, third with 64 votes.

The Attorney General, in charge of legal advice to the Government, Suella Braverman (27 votes) has been eliminated, while the former Secretary of State for Equality Kemi Badenoch, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat remain in the race, with 49 and 32 votes respectively.

Further rounds of voting are scheduled for next week to determine the two finalists before the July 21 parliamentary recess. They will be decided in a mail-in vote reserved for party members only, the result of which is due to be announced on September 5. There were 160,000 who participated in the 2019 vote.

A week after the announcement of the resignation of Boris Johnson, devastated by the cascade of departures within a government tired of scandals, Penny Mordaunt, a 49-year-old former defense minister, would beat all her rivals in a final duel, according to a poll by YouGov. .

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anti awakening

If the criticism on the right of the party has so far focused on Rishi Sunak, some denouncing a “socialist” responsible for the fall of Boris Johnson, it is towards Penny Mordaunt that the blows are now being dealt.

In a vitriolic campaign, some Tories now accuse her of having “awakened” positions too much, having declared that “trans women are women”, when she was Secretary of State for Equality.

Since becoming a candidate, however, Penny Mordaunt has completely changed her pitch, even attempting a transphobic joke during her kickoff meeting on Wednesday.

“I think it was Margaret Thatcher who said that everyone needs a Willie (Whitelaw, the former prime minister’s number 2). A woman like me doesn’t have one,” she said, laughing. In English, “willy” also means penis.

David Frost, the former Brexit negotiator, questioned his professional qualities when he worked for him and broadcast “serious reservations” about his ability to lead the country on Talk TV.

Some conservatives still see him as the best option to turn the page on the Johnson era and its share of scandals. But only 11% of Brits can name her by looking at her face, according to a study by Savanta ComRes. Some even confuse her with the singer Adele.

Another serious candidate, foreign minister Liz Truss, launched her campaign on Thursday, supported by Johnson’s camp. “I will campaign as a Conservative and I will govern as a Conservative,” said the 46-year-old minister, who however did not register the decisive rebound he expected with the extension of votes on Thursday.

with AFP

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