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Britain’s new prime minister will be announced on September 5, a Tory lawmaker says

LONDON, July 11 (Xinhua) — The new Prime Minister of Great Britain (UK) to replace incumbent President Boris Johnson will be announced on September 5, the Conservative Party’s 1922 party announced on Monday.

Brady said the 1922 committee, which runs the Tory leadership contest, had decided that candidates must have the support of 20 members of parliament (MPs) when nominations open and close on Tuesday. The threshold is significantly higher than the required support of eight MPs seen in the party’s normal regulations.

The first round of voting for Tory MPs will be held on Wednesday, he said, adding that contenders must get 30 votes to qualify for a second ballot on Thursday.

He said the number of contenders would be reduced to two before MPs split for the July 21 summer recess.

The final two contenders will then go through a postal vote of all Conservative members, numbering around 200,000, in the summer, with the winner becoming the new Tory leader and the next UK prime minister.

“I very much want this conclusion to be done as smoothly, cleanly and quickly as possible,” Brady said, calling it a “perfectly reasonable” timeline to allow mail-in voting to take place across the country over the summer.

“We have to make sure there is a decent amount of time before the results are announced on September 5,” he added.

So far, 11 candidates have submitted bids to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, including International Trade Secretary Penny Mordon, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Snack and former Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Many of the candidates have pledged to cut taxes, from corporate tax to income tax, as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite.

The Tory leadership race came after Johnson was forced to resign on Thursday amid the resignations of cabinet ministers and other junior government officials in protest at his scandal-hit leadership. Johnson continues to serve as caretaker prime minister until he is succeeded by a new Tory leader.

Johnson, who won a landslide victory in the 2019 general election, has lost support after being caught up in a series of scandals, including the Partygate scandal and the Pincher scandal involving a politician he appointed who was accused of sexual misconduct.

Britain’s new prime minister will be announced on September 5, a Tory lawmaker says

SourceBritain’s new prime minister will be announced on September 5, a Tory lawmaker says

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