Both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will campaign for few weeks to seek vote of 1.80 lakh members of Conservative Party. The party members will cast their vote either through online ballot or postal ballot.
New Delhi: After getting highest votes in all five rounds in the race of British Prime Minister, former minister Rishi Sunak will be fighting against Liz Truss in the last and final round. In the UK Conservative Party leadership contest, Sunak continued his impressive performance in comparison to his opponents. Even in fifth round, he topped with 137 votes while her close rival Liz truss got 113. However, another contestant, Penny, received 105 votes and was eliminated from the round.
With this, both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will campaign for few weeks to seek vote of 1.80 lakh members of Conservative Party. The party members will cast their vote either through online ballot or postal ballot. The winner, which will be declared on September 5, will automatically replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of United Kingdom.
With the winning of fourth round of voting with 118 votes, Sunak had on Tuesday taken edge to become next Prime Minister of United Kingdom.
According to the report, Rishi Sunak had retained his number one position after results of the fourth round of voting. His vote share gone to 118 from 115 in round three. Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt got 92 votes and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss 86 votes.
Rishi Sunak had on Thursday topped in the second round. Sunak has been the front runner for prime ministerial race after Boris Jonhson’s resignation as party leader. Though Sunak was blamed by some for role in Johnson’s downfall but he is being considered as frontrunner among Conservative lawmakers.
On Wednesday last, Sunak had bagged the maximum number of votes in the first round of voting to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the leader of the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister of the country.
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer had won 88 votes in the first ballot of Conservative MPs on Wednesday. Rishi Sunak was much ahead of Penny Mordaunt who bagged 67 votes while Liz Truss was third with 50 votes.
According to agency reports, two candidates were knocked out of the race leaving six lawmakers battling to lead both the Conservative Party and the country. The two candidates are former health secretary Jeremy Hunt and treasury chief Nadhim Zahawi. The duo could not manage to reach the milestone of 30 votes by Conservative lawmakers needed to stay in the battle.
A former Chancellor of the exchequer, Sunak resigned from his post on July 5 which led many others to put in their papers. It is believed that Rishi Sunak will be a contender for the post of the Prime Minister and if that happens, he will be the first Indian origin person to become the British Prime Minister.
Rishi Sunak had previously served as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2019 to 2020. Sunak is a member of the Conservative Party and has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond (Yorks) since 2015.
Rishi Sunak had served in Theresa May’s second government as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government. He had voted thrice in favour of May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement. After May resigned, Sunak was a supporter of Boris Johnson’s campaign. After Johnson was elected and appointed as the Prime Minister, he appointed Rishi Sunak as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He replaced Sajid Javid as the Chancellor of the Exchequer after his resignation in February 2020.