9 Conservative MPs Campaign to Replace Johnson

On Sunday, nine British Conservative MPs launched their campaign to replace outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and many of them seek to differ from former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on tax matters.

Secretary of State for International Trade Penny Mordaunt, 49, was the latest to announce her candidacy this morning.

Mordaunt, a former Royal Navy reservist, became the first woman to serve as Secretary of Defense in 2019.

And there is a professed desire among candidates to emerge from the endless string of scandals that have dogged Boris Johnson in office until he was left with no choice but to resign on Thursday after a flood of resignation announcements from his government.

Former ministers Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid announced their candidacies on Saturday evening in op-eds in the conservative Sunday Telegraph.

And each emphasized tax cut projects, in contrast to the line of Rishi Sunak, who wants to wait for fiscal consolidation before considering a similar project in the United Kingdom, which has been facing unprecedented inflation for 40 years.

“Without tax cuts, we will not see growth,” Javid told the BBC on Sunday.

Javid announced his resignation on Tuesday, beginning a series of resignations of nearly sixty people in the final blow to Boris Johnson.

Finance Minister Rishi Sunak resigned nine minutes after 52-year-old Sajid Javid. But he stressed that they did not agree on this step.

Rishi Sunak is very popular due to the many economic support measures enacted in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but for a while he was dampened by revelations that his wealthy wife had resorted to a tax system that favored her. However, it seems that he managed to return, as he enjoys the support of many deputies.

However, Sunak risks incurring the wrath of Johnson’s supporters, who are suspected of treason, as he apparently did not notify the prime minister before leaving the government.

Another strong candidate is Nazim al-Zahavi, who led Britain’s Covid vaccination program when he was minister of state and moved from the education ministry to the finance ministry last week. And the beginning of his election campaign was difficult due to the fact that the newspapers reported on the tax investigation directed against him. However, he confirmed that all of his financial interests were properly declared.

Other contenders whose chances of success appear to be much lower are Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat, Attorney General Suella Braverman and former Secretary of State for Equality Kimi Badnock.

The Conservative Party is still waiting for Secretary of State Liz Truss to enter the race, and her Defense Department colleague Ben Wallace announced on Saturday that he would not run.

In total, the party authorities expect about 15 nominations.

The head of the 1922 committee, which is in charge of the internal organization of the party, told the BBC on Sunday that he was “confident” that the names of the two finalists would be known by 20 July.

Despite the tight schedule, the goal is for a final vote, open only to members of the Conservative Party, to result in a winner being named by early September.

Source: AFP.

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