– Sunak emerged victorious in the first two rounds of voting conducted by Conservative Members of Parliament
London, dt. 16 July 2022, Saturday
Acting Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly told his aides to back anyone but Rishi Sunak as the race for Britain’s new prime minister gathers pace. Jones, of the ruling Conservative Party, resigned as party leader on 7 July.
Boris Johnson has urged leaders left behind in the race to win the party leadership not to back former finance minister and chancellor Sunak, who is blamed for Johnson’s loss of support in his own party.
Johnson is willing to back Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. This has been supported by Johnson’s cabinet aides, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Naidin Dorris. Johnson has also kept options open for Penny Mordaunt as her successor. Mordaunt is the junior commerce minister.
Johnson and his team, who see the former chancellor’s resume as an alleged betrayal of himself, are running a secret campaign of supporting anyone but Rishi Sunak. His resignation as Chancellor of the Exchequer ensured Johnson’s departure from 10 Downing Street.
The whole 10 Downing Street team hates Rishi. They don’t blame Sajid Javid for ousting Johnson. They are holding Rishi responsible. They think he was plotting it for months. Sunak emerged victorious in the first two rounds of voting conducted by Conservative Members of Parliament.
A Johnson aide, meanwhile, has dismissed claims that Johnson wants to see anyone other than Sunak as his successor.
However, he admitted that he was upset by Sunak’s betrayal. At the same time, Sunak’s camp tried to ignore suggestions that his strong support was not limited to Tory MPs. Tory MP Richard Holden, who is supporting Sunak, said: ‘Hopefully we will move forward’.