THESE ARE THE CANDIDATES FOR THE UPCOMING LEADER OF THE UK. Yes, one of them is Boris Johnson. Expand this picture Getty Images / Daniel Leal
switch to caption Getty Images / Daniel Leal Getty Images / Daniel Leal ENGLAND — After Liz Truss, Britain’s fourth prime minister in a little more than six years, announced her resignation, her Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010, is scrambling to choose a successor.
Candidates have until Monday to submit their names, but according to party officials, in order to be taken into consideration, they will need to demonstrate that they have the support of 100 Conservative parliamentarians, or roughly one-third of the party’s representatives in the House of Commons.
This means that the first round of voting to choose the next party leader, who will also become prime minister, can only have a maximum of three candidates. This is done to prevent a repeat of the lengthy selection process that took place earlier this summer to choose Truss as the new prime minister to succeed Boris Johnson.
Following the departure of a second Conservative prime minister in as many months, major opposition party leaders in Britain are now pushing for a general election and branding the new election process as a Conservative “coronation.” (Unless the government calls an early election, there won’t be another one due until until January 2025 ‘.)
The following is a list of potential successors to Truss in No. 10 Downing Street.
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switch to caption Getty Images / Daniel Leal Getty Images / Daniel Leal ALBERT JOHNSON Just this past July, amid a whirlwind of scandals, he announced his resignation. He is currently the subject of a parliamentary investigation investigating his conduct regarding his public comments about social parties in Downing Street during the COVID-19 lockdown while he was prime minister. Johnson still has fans, nevertheless, both within the legislative party and among more common members.
Following the resignation of dozens of members of his own government, he resigned under intense pressure. They were upset over the months-long scandal including lockdown violations by his employees, Johnson’s own punishment by the police, and concerns about his honesty and judgment after appointing a guy suspected of sexual assault to a top government position.
Johnson’s supporters argue that he is the only true individual inside the Conservative Party who can assert to have a mandate from the British people because he earned a sizable majority for his party during the 2019 general election. If he reappears, several detractors have threatened to abandon the gathering.
Johnson was adamant about staying in Downing Street earlier this year, but given the nation’s apparent political and economic difficulties, there hasn’t been much evidence in the public that he wants to pick up the poisoned chalice once more.
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switch to caption Pictures by Dan Kitwood/Getty Pictures by Dan Kitwood/Getty Penny Mordaunt officially announced her candidacy to succeed Truss as prime minister by taking over as the first Conservative lawmaker on Friday.
She was a strong third-place contender this summer to succeed Johnson, but she ultimately supported Truss.
She appeared in Parliament earlier this week in the prime minister’s place to respond to incisive questions from opposition leaders. To the surprise of many, she insisted revealed that Truss was not “behind a desk.”
She held two largely honorary positions under Truss: lord president of the Privy Council, in which she oversaw a ceremony that authorized King Charles’ legal accession to the throne following his mother’s passing; and leader of the House of Commons, in which she was essentially in charge of overseeing government business in Parliament’s lower chamber.
Mordaunt had been a naval reservist before becoming the first woman to hold the position of defense secretary in the nation in 2019. Other lawmakers have already publicly endorsed her candidacy a number of times.
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switch to caption AFP/Stephan Rousseu via Getty Images AFP/Stephan Rousseu via Getty Images THERESA SUNAK During the epidemic, Sunak served as Johnson’s prominent and widely well-liked finance minister, but Truss ultimately won the job. However, he did not enjoy the same level of support from the party’s grassroots supporters, who ultimately decided the election in her favor. She received considerably more votes from Conservative parliamentarians.
Being viewed as a more pragmatic and centrist politician than Truss, he frequently forewarned the public that her initiatives for tax cuts and spending would damage the nation’s budget. When the financial markets responded so adversely to Truss’ tax cut plans last month, his comments to that effect were substantially vindicated.
After a career in banking and hedge funds and only being elected as a member of Parliament in 2015, his political ascension to become finance minister by 2020 was swift. During the pandemic, he supported Britain’s economy in that capacity by implementing months-long initiatives to replace worker pay and encourage consumer spending.
He, like Johnson, was fined money by the police for breaking COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines, and he came under fire after information about his extremely rich wife’s international tax affairs was made public in the British media.
switch to caption Pictures by Dan Kitwood/Getty Pictures by Dan Kitwood/Getty AUSTIN BRAVERMAN Under Johnson, Braverman was the attorney general; under Truss, he was promoted to interior minister, or home secretary as it is known in the UK.
She was now in charge of immigration, the criminal justice system, and the police, and she already had a hard-line reputation for being a hawk on immigration. In recent weeks, she made a public commitment to decrease immigration to the U.K. She also fervently supported a divisive policy that would send asylum applicants who enter Britain to Rwanda, an African country, to have their claims reviewed.
She announced her resignation earlier this week, supposedly as a result of sending a delicate but not secret document from a personal email address. She did, however, appear to strongly criticize Truss in her public resignation letter for not engaging in “real politics” and for refusing to accept responsibility for her administration’s errors, notably the tax and spending initiatives that had roiled the financial markets recently.
Before joining Parliament, she worked as a lawyer and was one of the most ardent Brexit proponents. She ran for the position of Johnson’s replacement earlier this year, but her fellow party MPs rejected her in the first round.