This is the political battle to succeed Johnson at the head of the Conservative Party

Former British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and former Defense Minister Penny Mordaunt They have led this Thursday the second vote among the deputies of the Conservative Party to choose the relief of Boris Johnson at the head of the party and the Government. Sunak has received 101 supports and Mordaunt, 83.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, has obtained this Thursday 64 votes. Former Secretary of State for Equality Kemi Badenoch has received 49 and Tom Tugendhat, 32. State Attorney General Suella Braverman, who has received 27 votes, has been left out of the election process. The first vote, held this Wednesday, showed some less popular results for favoriteswith 88 MPs in favor of Sunak and 67 in favor of Mordaunt.

Sunak, the candidate with the highest number of votes, has been shown on his Twitter account “incredibly grateful” for the “continuous support” he receives from the deputies Tories and of the citizens. “I am prepared to give everything I have for the service of our nation. Together we can restore confidence, rebuild the economy and reunify the country”, she assured.

Mordaunt, on the other hand, has witnessed the absence of support from David Frost, his former boss and former British Brexit negotiator. This Thursday he has shown his “great reservations” about the candidate becoming the next prime minister. “She was my ‘second’ in the Brexit negotiations last year and it seemed to me that she did not measure up,” Frost told a television network.

Truss, a third option still possible

Truss’s team has indicated as soon as the result of this second round of voting is known that the minister “is attracting a wide range of support from the entire spectrum tory“. The support that Braverman received, as suggested by the Truss team, could be transferred to the latter.

“As Liz (Truss) already pointed out in her speech, now is the time for MPs to rally behind the candidate who will cut taxes, deliver real economic change, continue to deliver the benefits of Brexit and make sure Putin loses the war. in Ukraine,” said a spokesman for that team.

Johnson, who is still acting prime minister, resigned on July 7 after the mass resignation of almost 60 members of its Executive. The scandals of his political career, such as the parties at the Downing Street residence during the pandemic, and the management of his mandate were the reasons for this protest by the Conservatives.


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