By Chris Patten - The United Kingdom’s new prime minister has inherited a mountain of economic problems, including runaway inflation and a shrinking GDP. To fix his predecessors’ blunders and avoid a humiliating electoral defeat, he must stand up to his party’s far-right extremists.
Rishi Sunak, the grandson of Indian immigrants, was nominated Monday by the British Conservative Party to replace Liz Truss as its leader and next prime minister, as his rival, Leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt, failed to win enough support to run.
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stepped down from the Conservative Party race to succeed Liz Truss citing the lack of unity among his own ranks.
Liz Truss announced on Thursday she will resign, which means there will now be another leadership election to decide who becomes the next Conservative leader and prime minister. The contest to replace “the lettuce” as some London media identifies Ms Truss sis expected to be completed by the end of next week.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss beat former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak by 81,326 votes to 60,399 and will thus become the British Conservative Party's New Leader who is to be appointed Prime Minister Tuesday by Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral Castle.
On September 5, hopefully the conservative party will have a new leader and the British government should be back on track, leaving aside Boris Johnson. However, in the meantime prices of food and energy have soared and the country is under stress from a raft of industrial actions, the latest of which Felixstowe, Britain's largest container port, with staff walking out of their jobs for an 8-day strike on Sunday demanding better pay to meet the cost of living.
Following Wednesday's round of voting, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss finally made it to the showdown against former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak in the contest for Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister.
British Foreign Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt Wednesday came out of near-anonymity and became a serious contender to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and take over as the new Prime Minister following Wednesday's round of voting in which Economy Minister Nadhim Zahawi and former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt were cast aside.
Voting will get underway this Wednesday for candidates striving to become the leader of the Conservative party and the next British prime minister. So far eleven MPs have put themselves forward to replace Boris Johnson which comes after the party increased the number of nominations needed to make it to the first-round ballot, in order to speed up the election process.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson finally admitted the scandals surrounding his administration were too many for him to stay in office and turned in his resignation as leader of the Conservative Party, which has triggered the process for the appointment of a replacement who will also take over as head of government.