On Monday the 24th of October 2022, British politician Rishi Sunak has been elected as the new prime minister of the United Kingdom, following Penny Mordaunt’s failure to receive the required 100 nominations from her fellow MPs.
Mr. Sunak was able to get the keys to No. 10 thanks to the support of the vast majority of Tory MPs. This win will make Sunak Britain’s first prime minister of Indian descent.
This afternoon, Ms. Mordaunt abruptly withdrew from the race after failing to win the support of 100 coworkers.
After losing the previous one to Liz Truss just a few weeks prior, the former Chancellor quickly pulled ahead in the fight for the Tory leadership.
MPs showed up in large numbers to support Mr. Sunak just hours after Ms. Truss announced her retirement last Thursday.
Vanguard reports that his chances of moving to Downing Street were dramatically slashed when Boris Johnson informally launched a spectacular comeback bid. The former prime minister returned to London to rally support after leaving his opulent vacation in the Dominican Republic.
Tory heavyweights split between two camps, with James Cleverly and Priti Patel going team Boris, and Grant Shapps and Kemi Badenoch waving the flag for Rishi. Ms. Mordaunt lagged behind the two over the weekend, receiving support from only about 20 MPs.
On Sunday, Mr. Johnson left the race late in the evening. The former Prime Minster insisted he had the numbers to go to a vote of the Conservative membership. But he threw in the towel as MPs broke for Mr. Sunak at a rate of more than two to one.