The list of possible successors to Boris Johnson continues to grow. Since the British Prime Minister announced his resignation on Thursday, nine candidates, according to British media, have already signed up to take Johnson’s place. Who are they?
Johnson is stepping down as prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, but wants to take over as prime minister this summer until a successor is known. As expected, there are many interested parties who would like to throw themselves into the management.
This is how the upcoming election in the Conservative Party works
- Interested parties can stand for election if they are supported by at least eight party members.
- Then the voting rounds begin. After the first round of voting, candidates with less than eighteen votes are eliminated.
- In the second round, all candidates who receive less than 36 votes are eliminated.
- After this, the candidate with the fewest votes per ballot. This process is repeated until there are two candidates left, after which a decisive vote follows.
Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt
The two most recent announcements were made by former Health Minister Sajid Javid and former Health and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. They announced their participation in the race in separate interviews with the British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph.
Both candidates argue for lower taxes by lowering corporation tax significantly from 25 percent to 15 percent. In addition, Javid wants to scrap an increase in social insurance and Hunt will focus on companies.
With their plans for tax cuts, Javid and Hunt are diametrically opposed to former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak. Sunak, who was the first to run for office, said tax cuts would have to wait for the UK economy to recover. The budget that Sunak drafted last year as finance minister would herald the highest tax burden since 1950.
Sunak’s resignation as finance chancellor caused an outcry in the British cabinet, which eventually forced Johnson to resign.
Sunak is one of the favorites of British bookmakers, but people are not always fans of him. He was praised for the relief measures he launched at the start of the corona pandemic, but was later criticized for not providing adequate financial support to the middle class.
Various media reported on Saturday that Foreign Minister Liz Truss is also running for office. Mail on Sunday wrote that she will start her campaign on Monday and that she promises to cut taxes and living costs.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps also wants to become Prime Minister. he said to Sunday Times that he will focus on recovering the economy. For example, he would like to tackle the effects of inflation and the energy crisis by lowering taxes on the lowest incomes and providing state aid to companies that use a lot of energy.
In any case, Shapps would not print new national elections if elected by his own party.
Nadhim Zahawi was appointed finance minister this week after Sunak resigned. The newspaper The independent wrote on Saturday that he is the subject of an investigation by the British tax authorities, an agency belonging to his own department. However, he is not suspected of anything.
Sky News writes that Zahawi is officially running as a candidate on Monday, but quotes a speech by Zahawi that should indicate the candidacy: “The tax burden is too high. As an entrepreneur and businessman, I know that lower taxes contribute to a healthy and dynamic economy. Under my supervision taxes will be lower for individuals, families and businesses. “
Former Deputy Minister for Gender Equality Kemi Badenoch is also running for office. Badenoch made Saturday in the British newspaper The times announced that she will be a candidate. “I step forward because I want to tell the truth,” she writes. Badenoch resigned last week because of the way Johnson performed his position.
Also Tom Tugendhat and Suella Braverman announced their intention to run for office.
One of the favorites, Ben Wallace, has just announced he would not attend. The defense minister wrote on Twitter that the election was not easy, but that he wants to focus on his current job as defense minister and to protect the country. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab is also not running in the election.
It has not been an easy choice to make, but my focus is on my current job and keeping this amazing country safe. I wish good luck to all the candidates and hope that we return quickly to focus on the issues that we have all been chosen to address. 2/2
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The Conservative Party’s leadership election
Any party member with the support of at least two members of parliament can stand for election. After a few rounds of voting among MPs, two candidates are left. All members of the Conservative Party will then be allowed to vote on which of the two will be the leader and prime minister.
It is different how long such a leadership choice takes. Theresa May became Prime Minister within three weeks because all her opponents withdrew. In Johnson’s case, it took him two months to beat Hunt in 2019. The new prime minister is not to call new elections, but has the opportunity to do so.