UK: Indian-origin Rishi Sunak steps up leadership to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister

Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak has topped the latest round of voting among Conservative Party members of parliament, as Tom Tugendhat is out of the competition after receiving the fewest votes in the race to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister. Had gone.

British Indian former finance minister received 115 votes in the third round of voting, with Trade Minister Penny Mordent coming second with 82 votes, followed by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss with 71 votes, and former Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch with 58 votes. Be in second place.

Tom Tugendhat, a Tory backbencher and chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, dropped 31 votes from the previous 32 and was eliminated from the contest.

Although the top level of the voting tally remains largely unchanged, Sunak garnered 14 more votes from the previous round of 101, however, Mordant dropped to one of 83 in the second voting round last week.

Truss improved his tally to 64 and Badenoch moved up from 49 in the final round.

Seen as the magic number 120, the candidate is guaranteed a spot in the final shortlist of two candidates to compete for Tory membership votes with the support of at least 120 of his Conservative Party allies.

The final few rounds of voting are taking place this week, as the third live televised debate, which was to be hosted by Sky News on Tuesday evening, was canceled as the channel said both Sunak and Truss refused to participate. was.

The decision is believed to have been influenced by clashes between the two candidates over disagreements over tax and economic measures as former cabinet colleagues in the Boris Johnson-led government.

Tensions were televised live after being repeatedly hit by Truss’s whims during an ITV debate on Sunday, raising concerns about damage to Tory infighting.

After the debate a snap poll put Sunak ahead but Truss was trailing in last place.

According to the BBC, the foreign minister wants to focus on the election among Tory MPs who hold the current voting power, and Sunak’s camp has indicated that he is open to more debate if he qualifies for the final two. Will be ready

The cancellation of Tuesday’s debate comes amid concerns about the harsh tone of the campaign in the Tory party.

Before the TV debate was cancelled, former cabinet minister Brandon Lewis said the campaign had hitherto been “plagued by allegations of dark art and dirty tricks”.

Writing in The Times, the senior Tory MP said that “aggressive briefings and counter-briefings only [Opposition] Labor’s research folder”, and would prove to be a “gift to the opposition”.

The next round of voting is expected to further narrow down the shortlist on Tuesday, with only two candidates in the fray as of Thursday.

This will then be followed by hustling up and down the UK to win the Conservative Party’s membership of around 160,000 eligible voters in the final two.

The winner of that ballot would be chosen as the new Tory leader and by 5 September from caretaker Boris Johnson to take over as the new British prime minister.

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