Rishi Sunak widens the gap against his three opponents

Rishi Sunak widens the gap against his three opponents

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In the third round of internal voting to choose Boris Johnson’s successor, Conservative Party MPs put former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak again on the front page on Monday. The gap between Benny Mordaunt and Liz Truss was closed for second. Tom Tugendhat was eliminated in the latest vote by Tory MPs.

On Monday, July 18, former British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak stressed his progress in the race succeeding Prime Minister Boris Johnson. With 115 votes from Conservative Party MPs, he took the lead in the third round of internal voting, according to results announced by Graham Brady, head of the organisation.

Rishi Sunak ahead of Secretary of State for International Trade Penny Mordaunt (82 votes) and Secretary of State Liz Truss (71 votes), who are vying for second place to advance to the final.

Former Equality Minister Kimi Badenouche came fourth with 58 votes, while Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat was eliminated by 31 votes.

The last two rounds are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. The eventual winners will then be decided by 200,000 party members during a mail vote. Khalifa’s identity Boris Johnson It is expected to be announced on September 5th.

Canceled discussion

In the wake of a heated debate between these five candidates on Sunday evening, Sky News announced, on Monday, the cancellation of the debate scheduled for Tuesday evening, due to the refusal of Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to participate.

According to the channel’s website, the prospect of a third live debate raises Conservative MPs’ concerns that exposing differences between the two candidates will weaken the majority.

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On Sunday evening, the campaign’s second discussion resulted in more lively exchanges than the first. The head of diplomacy, Liz Truss, directly attacked her former colleague in government Rishi Sunak, accusing him of leading the country into a “recession” by raising taxes when he was in charge of the finances.

Rishi Sunak responded: “This is socialism.” “Even (former opposition leader) Jeremy Corbyn wouldn’t have gone far!”

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have been at odds since the start of the campaign. The 46-year-old candidate is a darling of Johnson’s camp, convinced that Rishi Sunak had been waiting for his time for several months before stepping down on July 4, precipitating the prime minister’s downfall. What Rishi Sunak’s supporters deny.

With Agence France-Presse and Reuters

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