Rishi ahead in race for Britain’s Raaj
London: Rishi Sunak looks ahead of other candidates in the race for the next Prime Minister of Britain after Dominic Raab and Grant Shapps have endorsed Rishi Sunak to be the next prime minister as Nadine Dorries and Jacob-Rees Mogg back Liz Truss.
Shapps pulled out of the running for Conservative leader to support Sunak, the former chancellor, who formally launched his campaign in Westminster. He said it was “not credible” for his rivals to offer tax cuts and more spending. Dorries and Rees-Mogg, two of Johnson’s closest allies, told Tory MPs to support Truss in a message delivered outside No 10. The would-be PMs have just hours left to rack up the 20 nominations needed to feature in the first round of the contest, with voting due to start on Wednesday, Daily Mail reported.
Sunak already appears to be well over the threshold as he formally launched his campaign this morning, introduced by deputy PM Dominic Raab and Grant Shapps. The former Chancellor again batted away calls for tax cuts before inflation is under control, saying “we need to have a grown-up conversation.” At the event in Westminster, he also heaped praise on Boris Johnson, describing him as “one of the most remarkable people I have ever met” who has a “good heart,” but it was “not working” any more.
Sunak said his plan was to “tackle inflation, grow the economy and cut taxes.” “I want to have a grown-up conversation where I can tell you the truth,” he said. Penny Mordaunt and Tom Tugendhat also seemed to have reached nominations the mark, while Truss is over the top after securing endorsements from Boris Johnson allies Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries - who declared their loyalty on the steps of Downing Street.