The race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and UK prime minister ended on Friday night, with Tory members registering the last choice between Indian-born former Prime Minister Rishi Sunak or Foreign Secretary Liz Truss the term.
In the past month, Rishi Sunak, 42, and Liz Truss, 47, have gone head-to-head in a dozen races up and down the UK to win the votes of some 160,000 Conservative voters. The Conservative Party Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) said the results would be announced by Electoral Officer Sir Graham Brady at 12.30pm local time on Monday, as polls are now closed.
Conservative Party chairman Andrew Stephenson said: “This hustings scheme showcases the strength of our party across the UK, with events from Wembley Stadium to Perth Concert Hall sold out.”
“I would like to thank Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss for participating in a good spirit on what must have been a sometimes grueling schedule and for giving our members the opportunity to question them in person, answer over 600 questions and put themselves in the spotlight. …whatever the outcome of Monday, I know our party is ready to rally around a new leader and meet the challenges we face as a future nation,” he said.
A total of 19,859 people attended the 12 auctions, which were watched by a total of 2.2 million people through the online platform, CCHQ said.
While the former British India minister sees his campaign as a priority, the foreign minister has pledged to cut taxes from day one.
Overall, how they plan to address the cost of living crisis facing the British public dominated the debate, although the pair held their final discussions in London on Wednesday night and reiterated many of their commitments.
“I’ve made restoring trust at the heart of my campaign,” Rishi Sunak said in response to questions about integrity and ethics.
While he is the clear leader in the leadership race in the first round of voting – the Indian-born finance minister has been at a disadvantage in the Conservatives’ pre-vote polls when Conservative MPs voted for the race’s two finalists Members who have the right to vote in this election.
Strong loyalty to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson was cited as a key motivating factor in Truss’ choice of the majority, and Truss was not part of the resignation in the days before Johnson was forced to quit 10 Downing Street. one of the ministers. The steadfastly low tax rate favors the Conservative Party’s appeal to Truss’ tax-cut promise, another key factor behind her being the front-runner to succeed Johnson.
However, Rishi Sunak’s supporters will hope to repeat the results of the Brexit referendum since June 2016, when Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU) and confounded most predictions in pre-referendum polls.
The 2019 election, which brought Johnson to power with a landslide majority, also runs counter to the predictions of many pollsters, who were less clear-cut and opposed to the Conservative Party’s anti-incumbency factors.
The winners of online and postal votes will be announced on Monday and the new leader will travel to Scotland to meet the Queen at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence, since voting began in early August. On Wednesday, either Sunak or Truss will answer their first prime minister’s question in the House of Commons.
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