The United Kingdom’s former finance minister Rishi Sunak, one of the favourites to be the next Prime Minister, today formally announced that he is running to be the next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister. He already has the support of well over 100 MPs — a minimum requirement to bag the top job.
“I want to fix our economy, unite our Party and deliver for our country,” he said in a tweet, adding that the choice his party makes now “will decide whether the next generation of British people will have more opportunities than the last”.
The United Kingdom is a great country but we face a profound economic crisis.
That’s why I am standing to be Leader of the Conservative Party and your next Prime Minister.
I want to fix our economy, unite our Party and deliver for our country. pic.twitter.com/BppG9CytAK
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) October 23, 2022
The 42-year-old is the clear frontrunner as he raced ahead with the backing of at least 128 Tory members of Parliament, even as loyalists of his former boss – Boris Johnson – claimed he has the necessary 100 MPs needed to make it to the shortlist.
While the former Tory leader and prime minister is yet to officially declare his candidacy, the contest is shaping up as a three-way fight between Sunak, Johnson and third-placed Leader of the Commons Penny Mordaunt.