Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak won the biggest support of Conservative MPs on Wednesday in a first vote to find Boris Johnson’s successor as Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister. The new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi and the head of the healthy committee Jeremy Hunt were eliminated from the race.
Six candidates remained in the fight for the position of the new leader of the Conservative Party, which will also take the office of Prime Minister of Great Britain. In the first vote, on Wednesday afternoon, the former minister of finance received the most votes – 88 – Rishi Sunak.
The following places were taken by: Deputy Minister of International Trade Penny Mordaunt – 67 votes, Minister of Foreign Affairs Liz Truss – 50, Deputy Minister of Equal Opportunities Kemi Badenich – 40, head of the foreign affairs committee in the House of Commons Tom Tugendhat – 37 and Attorney General England and Wales Suella Braverman – 32.
These six will participate in the second vote on Thursday. The new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi, who received 25 votes, and the head of the healthy committee, Jeremy Hunt, with the support of 18 MPs, dropped out of the race.
Sunak wins the first vote
The results of Wednesday’s vote are a success for Sunak and especially Mordaunt, who are now favorites to move to the final two, where the election will no longer be for MPs but for all party members.
Badenoch may also be pleased as it got more votes than expected. Truss, who has been mentioned for several months as the main favorite to replace next to Sunak, should be worried. Boris Johnsonmeanwhile, her loss to Mordaunt is greater than anticipated.
Moraunt leads the polls
In turn, the fact that Sunak received the greatest support among MPs on Wednesday – and he will probably win all the rounds in the parliamentary club – does not mean that he is the favorite to win the entire election.
As they show pollsamong the rank and file members of the party, Sunak loses in a direct duel with almost all potential rivals, and Mordaunt wins with all of them.
The third voting round will take place on Monday and the number of candidates is slated to be limited to two names by next Thursday, July 21. After that, the postal voting will begin, in which all party members will take part. The name of the new leader is to be announced on September 5.
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