The UK has held another round of elections for the chairman of the Conservative Party, who will replace Boris Johnson also as British Prime Minister. Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, Deputy Minister of International Trade Penny Mordaunt and Head of Diplomacy Liz Truss moved to the next stage of the vote.
In the afternoon’s fourth round, Rishi Sunak again received the most votes – 118 – ahead of Penny Mordaunt (who received 92 votes) and Lizz Truss (86). The fourth and last place – with the support of 59 deputies – was taken by the former deputy minister for local communities and former deputy minister for equality Kemi Badenoch, who thus dropped out of the competition.
Compared to Monday’s third round, Sunak gained only three votes, the most – 15 votes – was gained by Truss, who is gradually catching up to Mordaunt.
Sunak is the favorite in the MPs vote
Sunak, Truss and Mordaunt will participate in the fifth round of elections on Wednesday. It will be the last one in which members of the Conservative MPs will vote. All members of the Conservative Party will select the winner by postal voting from among the final two. The name of the new leader is to be announced on September 5 at the latest, and on that day he will take over the office of the country’s prime minister, replacing him in this role Boris Johnson.
Based on the results so far, Sunak can be pretty sure that he will be in the top two. However, it is difficult to predict who will be his opponent, because Mordaunt has an advantage over Truss, but most of the MPs who supported Badenoch will now probably shift their support to the head of diplomacy.
It should also be remembered that the preferences of the party’s rank and file are different than those of its deputies and Sunak will not be a favorite in the last round. According to published on Tuesday poll In the vote of Sunak party members, youGov is losing both to Mordaunt (37:53 percent) and Truss (35:53 percent).
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