The Conservative Party’s internal election to find the two political leaders who will run for the post of UK Prime Minister enters its decisive phase on Monday. With 5 candidates still in the running, three more rounds of voting are scheduled until the 21st, when the British Parliament goes into recess and the 160,000-strong campaign begins its electoral contest, with the winner announced on 5th September.
Held on Wednesday and Thursday last week, at a stage where only 358 Conservative MPs will vote, the first two votes have reduced the initial list of eight candidates to replace Boris Johnson to five, showing a trend: Rishi Sunak, the former finance minister, leads; State Commerce Secretary Penny Mordant is second; And Elizabeth Truss, the Foreign Secretary, is third.
Cemi Patenoch, the former secretary for communities and equalities, and Tom Tugendaud, the deputy and chair of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, are further back, and the next two candidates should be eliminated, among them already the first candidate this Monday. Fair enough at the end of the day.
Election Tori It is marked by political and personal attacks between candidates, their supporters and their campaign teams, and most contestants are almost exclusively devoted to tax policy that they promise to implement to change strategic decisions made by the government they belong to or belong to. Tax burden and inflation are at decade-old records in the UK.
Sunak (101 votes) is well-positioned for a place in the run-off, drawing support from delegates more identified with the centre-right or moderate right, with the big question being which of the two candidates – Mordaunt (83) or Truss (64) – gets more support from factional delegates. brexiteer and the party’s neoliberalism.
Considered the closest candidate to Johnson – who announced his resignation two weeks ago, following a wave of resignations in his government, caused by the disastrous way he managed the latest of several scandals to rock his leadership -, so is Truss. , some difficulties in mobilizing the votes of the far right of the Conservative Party.
This is largely due to the enormous impact of Mordant’s candidacy, with which Truss competes programmatically and ideologically. Seen from the outset as one of the least likely candidates to win, the former defense minister in Theresa May’s government has surged significantly after several polls pegged him as the militant favourite. , and can defeat any opponent in the final vote.
On the contrary, polls show that Sunak, despite being one of the delegates’ favourites, will have great difficulty convincing the base. The Tories Voting for him is something that makes him an adversary, not just for Mordant, but for Druss as well.
The biggest unknown going into Monday’s election round is where Suella Braverman’s 27 votes went in the second round that led to her ouster. The Attorney General declared his support for Truss and advised those who voted for him to do the same.
Two more votes are scheduled over the next two days to determine two finalists, if none of the candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party and British government drop out.
The third round of voting comes on the same day the Conservative-majority parliament plans to debate and vote on a motion of confidence tabled by Boris Johnson’s government in response to Labour’s frustrated plans. The Prime Minister and the administration should try to force a situation of early elections, going forward with a resolution of censure.
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