Two contenders compelled out of Tory management race — RT World Information

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and former overseas secretary Jeremy Hunt haven’t obtained sufficient votes to advance within the Conservative Social gathering’s ongoing management race. Six candidates stay in competition, with Rishi Sunak main the sphere.

Tory MPs held their first spherical of voting to elect a brand new chief on Wednesday, with Sir Graham Brady of the Conservative 1922 Committee saying the leads to the afternoon.

Zahawi and Hunt secured simply 25 and 18 votes, respectively, inserting them within the final two locations among the many eight candidates, thus ending their hopes of changing into prime minister.

At the moment serving as chancellor of the Exchequer since a cupboard reshuffle earlier this month, Zahawi had promised to slash taxes and decrease power payments if made PM. Hunt, who ran for management of the social gathering in 2019 however completed second to Boris Johnson, had served as overseas secretary between 2018 and 2019. He had promised comparable tax cuts, whereas each males additionally promised to hike army spending.

Sunak got here out on prime through the first spherical of voting, securing the help of 88 MPs. He has pitched himself as a voice of fiscal prudence and the perfect geared up to steer Britain’s economic system by way of the headwinds it at the moment faces. Like Zahawi and Hunt, although, he’s a proponent of upper army spending.

Whereas Sunak resigned from Johnson’s cupboard earlier this month – handing his duties as chancellor over to Zahawi – he has been implicated in a number of the identical scandals as his former boss, and was fined by London’s Metropolitan Police in April for breaching his authorities’s personal Covid-19 lockdown legal guidelines. 

In second and third place, respectively, are junior commerce minister Penny Mordaunt with 67 votes and International Secretary Liz Truss with 50. Mordaunt and Truss are each distinguished Brexiteers, whereas Truss has been probably the most outspoken anti-Russia voices in Europe because the battle in Ukraine started in February, promising in a latest newspaper op-ed to inflict “actual ache on Putin and the Kremlin” if elected.

The six candidates nonetheless within the race will now face successive rounds of voting with one contender eradicated after each spherical. When solely two stay, a frontrunner can be chosen by a postal vote involving each member of the Conservative Social gathering. Regardless of standing down as chief of the social gathering final week, Johnson will stay prime minister till his successor is appointed.

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