Early Tory hopefuls announce leadership candidacies – with more expected this weekend | Political news

The first candidates entered the competition to replace Boris Johnson with other prospects who are expected to throw their hats in the ring this weekend.

Last night, Rishi Sunak announced his offer on social mediapromising to “restore confidence, rebuild the economy and reunify the country”.

The former Chancellor, who spectacularly resigned on Tuesday evening triggering an avalanche of government resignations, was shortly after endorsed by a large number of Conservative MPs.

These included Commons leader Mark Spencer, who said Mr Sunak ‘is the leader who can unite the party’ and former Conservative party chairman Oliver Dowden, who described the former chancellor as ‘the best person to lead our country and undoubtedly the best person to beat. Work’.

Former cabinet minister Liam Fox, who said he was the only candidate who had the “experience, integrity and vision” to lead the country through the economic challenges it currently faces.

Announcing his intention to join the Conservative leadership race, Mr Sunak said the country faced “enormous challenges”.

In a video uploaded with a tweet introducing himself as the party’s next leader, Mr Sunak said: “I want to lead this country in the right direction”.

He also pointed to his experience during the pandemic as an example of why he is fit for duty.

“I ran the toughest department in government during the toughest times we faced the nightmare of COVID,” he continued.

“My values ​​are non-negotiable: patriotism, fairness, hard work.

“We’ve had enough of division.

“Politics at its best is a unifying business and I’ve spent my career bringing people together. Because that’s the only way to succeed.”

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Mr Sunak’s campaign website, www.ready4rishi.com, appears to have originally been registered under a slightly different name – www.readyforrishi.com – which links to the official page and was established in December of the year last.

It appears that a site with a slightly different name, www.readyforrishi.com, which links to the official campaign page, was set up in December 2021.

Thursday evening, Tom Tugendhat became the first MP to say he would run to replace Mr Johnson in a Tory leadership race.

Tory MP Tom Tugendhat speaks to Sky News & # 39;  Deputy Political Editor Sam Coates on a possible leadership bid.
Tom Tugendhat has already announced that he will propose his name

Mr Tugendhat, chairman of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said “it’s time to renew”.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Tugendhat said: “I have served before – in the army, and now in parliament. Now I hope to answer the call again as Prime Minister.”

Confirming her intention to stand for The Times, former equality minister Kemi Badenoch outlined her plan to drastically reduce the size of the state and chair a “limited government focused on the essentials”.

Sky News understands Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is also considering a leadership bid – as is former Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

Dominic Raab, who served as caretaker prime minister when Boris Johnson was hit with COVID in the spring of 2020, will not run.

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Neither former Leveling Secretary Michael Gove nor Matt Hancock, who quit government after breaking COVID rules during lockdown.

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Speaking ahead of Mr Johnson’s resignation, Attorney General Suella Braverman said she would put forward his name if a leadership race were to arise.

Ardent Brexiteer Steve Baker also confirmed on Friday night that he would not stand despite intending to and would instead support Ms Braverman.

“My priorities were to stick to our manifesto with our mandate, lower taxes and see through Brexit,” he posted on social media.

“Fortunately, I no longer need to stand. Suella Braverman will deliver on those priorities and more.”

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Ben Wallace is the favorite to succeed Mr Johnson as Conservative leader and Prime Minister, having risen the party’s popularity rankings in recent months.

The latest YouGov poll of Tory members shows the Defense Secretary is the clear favorite for the next leader, beating all the expected top contenders including Mr Sunak, Penny Mordaunt and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

However, the Secretary of Defense has yet to throw his hat in the ring.

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Sky News political correspondent Joe Pike understands Mr Wallace is discussing the matter with his family before deciding how to proceed.

Mr Sunak’s announcement saw bookmakers Ladbrokes install him as their joint favorite to succeed Mr Johnson alongside Mr Wallace.

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to launch a bid

Other offers are expected in the coming days, including Mr Sunak’s successor as Chancellor, Nadhim Zahawi, and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

Following elections for the 1922 Backbench Committee Executive on Monday, the new body will set a timetable for the election of officers.

Mr Johnson said he wants to stay at number 10 until the end of the contest.

Labor has confirmed it will cast a vote of no confidence in the government if Mr Johnson refuses to go there voluntarily.

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