Rishi Sunak has announced that he is going to become the next Prime Minister after Boris Johnson resigned yesterday.
Announcing his bid, Mr Sunak said the country was facing “big challenges”.
“Let’s restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite the country,” he wrote on social networks.
The former chancellor resigned from his ministerial post on Tuesday night, moments after Sajid Javid stepped down as health secretary.
They began an avalanche of resignations as Mr Johnson faced questions about himself series management Because of disgraced MP Chris Pincher, which ultimately led to the Prime Minister agreeing to step aside on Thursday.
In a video uploaded alongside a tweet introducing himself as the next Conservative leader, Mr Sunak said: “I want to take this country in the right direction.”
He also emphasized his experience during the pandemic as an example of why he is fit for the job.
“I led the most difficult department in government at the most difficult time as we faced the nightmare of COVID,” he continued.
“My values are non-negotiable: patriotism, fairness, diligence.
“We’ve been separated enough.
“Politics at its best is unifying work, and I’ve spent my career bringing people together. Because that’s the only way to succeed.”
“Somebody’s Gotta Catch This Moment”
Mr. Sunak’s video message added that Great Britain cannot tell itself “comforting tales”.
“Do we face this moment with honesty, seriousness and determination, or do we tell ourselves comfort tales that may make us feel better now but will leave our children worse off tomorrow?” he continued.
“Somebody has to seize this moment and make the right decisions. That’s why I stand to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister.”
Mr Sunak said he would present his vision “in the coming days and weeks”.
‘Dishi Rishi’ looks set to become a Tory favorite once again
Can “lunchy Rishi” convince Tory MPs he’s to their taste and become flavor of the month in the Conservative leadership election?
A few months ago he was a darling of party activists, but the row over his wife’s non-domestic tax status was too much for some Conservative MPs to swallow.
His Indian father-in-law is a billionaire, he and his wife are fabulously wealthy, and cynics will argue that he won’t have to scramble for wealthy donors to fund his campaign.
But supporters, like his predecessor at Richmond, Lord Hague, point to his charm, attention to detail and hard work. Lord Hague spoke about his hands-on approach to learning the problems of farmers in the Dales.
Before he resigned on Tuesday, he had frequently clashed with Mr Johnson over taxes and spending. He wanted to get the public finances in order, while the prime minister wanted him to spend more and cut taxes at the same time.
His biggest success with the public was his vacation scheme during the COVID pandemic and his Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which was hugely popular with diners.
Now running as an anti-Boris candidate, the “doughy” Rishi must convince Tory MPs and then party members that he is the real deal rather than a lunch deal if he is to get his just desserts.
Several Conservative MPs were quick to endorse Mr Sunak as their preferred leadership candidate.
Mark Harper said the former chancellor “has an interesting vision for the future of the country.”
He made a post on social networks. “I support Rishi Sunak to restore trust, restore the economy, reunify the country and win the next election.
“I’m #ReadyforRishi because he represents a return to traditional conservative values and has an exciting vision for the future of our country.”
Sunak “can unite the party”.
Conservative MP Angela Richardson, who resigned as Michael Gove’s parliamentary private secretary in January due to her “deep disappointment” at Mr Johnson’s handling of the party scandal, also backed Sunak as leader.
Community leader Mark Spencer was another to voice his support for Mr Sunak.
“Rishi is the leader who can unite the party, unite the whole country and win us in the fifth general elections,” he said.
“In serious times, we need a person with proven experience. Rishi has my full support.”
Redwall Tory MP Jacob Young also endorsed Mr Sunak, saying he had supported Teesside “time and again”.
“Rishi has the energy and vision to defeat Labor in places like Redcar and I trust he will deliver us jobs, opportunities and a brighter future,” he wrote on social media.
Another Conservative MP for the 2019 intake, Laura Trott, posted on Instagram: “It is time to have a leader with integrity. A leader we can trust to unite our party and unite the country again.
“I support Rishi for his proven leadership in challenging times and his vision to move the country forward.”
Who is fighting?
Ben Wallace is the bookies’ favorite to succeed Mr Johnson as Tory leader and prime minister, having climbed the party’s popularity ratings in recent months.
The latest YouGov poll of Tory members shows the Defense Secretary as the clear favorite to be the next leader.
Who are the frontrunners to replace Johnson?
The poll shows Mr Wallace beating all the main contenders, including Mr Sunak, Penny Mordon and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
However, the Minister of Defense has yet to throw his hat in the ring.
Sky News political correspondent Joe Pike understands Mr Wallace is discussing the matter with his family before deciding how to proceed.
Addressing the country shortly after noon on Thursday, Mr Johnson offered his resignation but said he intended to stay on until his successor was chosen, a process that could take months.
This prompted a reaction from senior Conservative figures, including former party leader Sir John Major, who said in a letter to the 1922 committee chairman, Sir Graham Brady, that: it was “reckless and may be unsustainable” for Mr. Johnson to remain in place until the fall.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has too threatened to show no confidence In the Commons, with the support of other opposition parties, if Tory MPs fail to remove him immediately.
Tugendhat is the first to apply
On Thursday night, Tom Tugendhat became the first MP to say he would run to replace Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership contest.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is believed to be as well considering the leadership bid.
Sky News understands that both Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and former secretary Michael Gove have dropped out of the running.
It turns out that Mr Javid is also deciding whether to enter the competition.
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