Rishi Sunak formalizes his candidacy for 10 Downing Street

The Conservatives may have made the wrong choice last month. This is at least what Rishi Sunak, former finance minister of Boris Johnson, will want to demonstrate, who has just formalized his candidacy for the succession of Liz Truss… Who had beaten him at the beginning of September. In a blitz campaign to replace the former head of diplomacy, candidates have until Monday to file 100 endorsements. Rishi Sunak already had them Friday night.

But the former Chancellor of the Exchequer of Indian origin waited until Sunday morning to formalize his candidacy. “The UK is a great country, but we are facing a deep economic crisis,” the 42-year-old former banker wrote on Twitter. “That’s why I’m running to be the leader of the Conservative Party and your next Prime Minister. I want to fix our economy, unite our party and act for our country,” he continued.

Sunak-Johnson meeting

After a busy political week, three possible candidates have emerged since Thursday: Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt, who announced her candidacy on Friday and also ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who resigned in July. According to the Guido Fawkes site, which closely follows the upheavals of the campaign, Rishi Sunak had Sunday, after the announcement of his candidacy, 139 sponsorships, ahead of Boris Johnson (75) and Penny Mordaunt (27).

Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson met on Saturday evening to, according to several media, discuss the possibility of a joint candidacy. These two men have been at loggerheads since July, when the resignation of Rishi Sunak, followed by around sixty others, led to the departure of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. This meeting obviously did not allow them to agree on a common ticket. Boris Johnson will “clearly” introduce himself, one of his relatives, current Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Jacob Rees-Mogg, told the BBC on Sunday.

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Rishi Sunak still in the skin of the outsider

According to a Sunday Telegraph poll, Boris Johnson would have every chance if the party’s voters had to decide between two candidates: just over half of them think he would be the best Prime Minister, according to this poll, while only 28% lean towards Rishi Sunak. And nearly 60% of those Tory voters believe Boris Johnson’s departure at the start of the summer was a mistake.

The next Prime Minister will govern a country plunged into a serious cost of living crisis, with inflation exceeding 10%. He will have to calm the markets, in the storm since the budget announcements of the Truss government at the end of September. He will also have to try to unite a party divided for years, in particular on the question of Brexit, two years before the legislative elections.

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