Johnson’s Successors Try to Stand Out in a crowded UK Field
Future British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s contenders are scrambling to set themselves apart from an overcrowded field.
(AP) LONDON — Potential Boris Johnson successors scrambled to set themselves apart from a crowded field on Sunday as the ruling Conservative Party was anticipated to set a strict timeframe for the election.
To promote their views to the public, candidates posted polished campaign films on social media and appeared on Sunday morning political talk shows. Several tax cuts were promised, appealing to conservative party members who are on the front lines and believe that taxes should be kept low.
More than 50 members of Johnson’s Cabinet and lower-level officials left his administration on Thursday, with many claiming worries that his ethical transgressions had damaged the legitimacy of the government. Johnson then announced his retirement.
The internal Conservative Party election to choose a new party leader was sparked by it. The following party leader will automatically become prime minister under Britain’s parliamentary system, eliminating the need for a general election.
Sunday saw the announcement of the candidacies of foreign secretary Liz Truss and minister of international trade Penny Mordaunt. The U.K., according to Mordaunt, “needs to become more about the ship and a little less about the commander.” Truss promised to “start slashing taxes from day one” and to roll back an increase in the national insurance rate.
Late on Saturday, ex-health secretaries Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt entered one of the most open leadership contests in recent memory.
The previous Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, who is currently the front-runner, and Nadim Zahawi, who replaced Sunak as chancellor of the exchequer last week, are other candidates.
Johnson, 58, lost the election after being overthrown by a slew of scandals, the most recent of which involved his choice to elevate a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct to a key position in his administration.
On Monday, a significant commitment of the Conservative Party is set to announce the rules for the leadership race. According to news reports, Conservative legislators plan to reduce the field to two before Parliament adjourns for the summer on July 21. Before the end of August, party members around the nation will cast their votes on the chosen option.
Johnson has stated that he will serve as prime minister until a replacement is found. Even several Conservative lawmakers are concerned that he could cause trouble even as the caretaker prime minister, which is why many people want him to leave immediately.
On Sunday, as politicians used the media to support candidates, several of them made an effort to disassociate their picks from the unrest of the Johnson administration by praising qualities like “integrity” and “honesty.”
Former Confederation of British Industry president Karan Bilimoria said the choice should be made as soon as possible since firms that are still battling the effects of the epidemic and are now facing the growing threat of a recession need assistance right away.
He said on Times Radio, “We have to get through this phase as quickly as possible and select a good leader who can then reestablish trust.” “It is also restoring trust with the nation. The economy is quite concerned because the nation has lost that trust.
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