The possible candidates to replace
Several names, with no clear favorite, are circulating to succeed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party following his resignation on Thursday (7).
The 52-year-old defense minister is more popular than ever after the bailout of Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. Although he has always denied interest in taking over the leadership of the Conservative Party, members of the formation consider him an outspoken and capable person.
According to a poll by the YouGov institute, conducted among Conservative Party members and published on Thursday, Wallace, who has been in charge of the defense ministry since 2019, would beat rivals in the race to choose a new leader of the formation, who automatically becomes the prime minister.
Former defense minister and current secretary of state for foreign trade, 49-year-old Penny Mordaunt was one of the figures in the pro-Brexit campaign in 2016 and has since worked on trade deal negotiations for the UK.
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Considered a good speaker, it is estimated that she could be a unity candidate, able to gain support from different wings of the Conservative Party. According to the YouGov poll, she would rank second among the favorites to lead the Conservative Party, behind only Wallace.
Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, the first Hindu to hold the post, was one of two high-profile ministers who resigned on Tuesday and started the political crisis. He was once considered the heavy favorite to succeed Johnson, but lost legitimacy after a series of scandals.
The cases revolved around the advantageous tax status of his Indian billionaire wife, which allowed her to avoid paying millions in taxes in the UK, and the US residency permit that Sunak had until last year.
A former Goldman Sachs bank analyst and hedge fund employee married to the daughter of an Indian tycoon, Sunak, whose grandparents emigrated from northern India to the UK in the 1960s, amassed a substantial personal fortune before becoming an MP in 2015.
A 42-year-old Brexit advocate, he was appointed finance minister in 2020, an important post amid the pandemic, but has been criticized for doing too little to combat the suffocating cost of living crisis.
Former Foreign and Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, 55, lost to Boris Johnson for the 2019 Conservative leadership when he presented himself as the “serious” alternative. Since then, he has been preparing to run again, building support and staying out of the Johnson government.
A colleague of Johnson and former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron at Oxford University, Hunt, who was an English teacher in Japan and is fluent in Japanese, is chairman of the Parliamentary Health Committee. He has a “nice guy” image, although some consider him to lack charisma.
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Unabashedly critical of the “woke” protest movements, Foreign Minister Liz Truss has become very popular in the Conservative Party grassroots.
This 46-year-old woman, who for a decade worked in the energy and telecommunications sectors, was appointed head of diplomacy as a reward for her work as International Trade Minister during Britain’s exit from the European Union.
In that position, the strong free trade advocate who voted to remain in the EU before switching sides managed to close a number of important post-Brexit trade deals.
Health Minister Sajid Javid was the other government and Conservative Party heavyweight who resigned on Tuesday in protest against the prime minister.
The son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, he was a renowned banker before becoming Johnson’s finance minister. He resigned in 2020 and returned to government a year later. Javid, 52, voted in 2016 to remain in the EU for the economic benefits, but then joined the Brexit cause.
Home Secretary Priti Patel, 50, is the most conservative of Johnson’s ministers. A staunch supporter of Brexit, she has also voted against same-sex marriage. She was born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family and has taken a very hard line on immigration.
Despite her promises, the number of migrants arriving illegally across the English Channel is currently at record levels.
A great admirer of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and accused of bullying by her co-workers in the workplace, Patel has worked and
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