The dispute to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom intensified this Sunday (), after nine Conservative MPs, including ministers, have submitted applications.
The Minister of Commerce, Penny Mordaunt, was the latest to join the list of candidates, which also includes the Minister of Economy, Nadhim Zahawi; Transport Minister Grant Shapps; former health ministers Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt; former Economy Minister Rishi Sunak; the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Tom Tugendhat; Attorney General Suella Braverman; and former Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch.
Johnson resigned last Thursday after more than 50 members of his government resigned in protest against the management and the scandals that have dogged its leadership, such as the parties at the Downing Street residence during the Covid pandemic-19.
The formal race for the elections will begin as soon as the so-called Committee 1922, which brings together conservative deputies without portfolio, designates its executive on Monday (11) and establishes the timetable for this process, with the aim of the UK having a new head of government by the beginning of September.
While the dispute over leadership continues, Johnson remains in charge of the British government. In addition to the nine candidates already announced, Foreign Minister Liz Truss is expected to present her candidacy on Monday.
Although the process has not yet formally started, politicians have already started their respective campaigns, with tax cuts as one of the main promises.
Both Hunt and Sajid, in statements to the BBC, defended the tax cut, one of the traditional measures of the conservatives, and highlighted their respective experiences in the ministries where they worked – Health and Foreign Affairs, for the first, and Economy and Health in the case of the second.
Mordaunt announced the decision to compete on Twitter, where he published a video to indicate that the conservative leadership must change so that it focuses less on the personality of the leader and more on the problems facing the country.
The other candidates are also expected to release the details of their proposals in the coming days. Politicians will go through a series of votes, with candidates being eliminated until only two remain. The final decision will be made by the country’s party members, who will have to choose between one of the two final candidates.
Committee treasurer 1922, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, said radio station LBC is confident that by 20 July – before the parliamentary summer break – the two final candidates will be defined.
“We now have nine people in the running. I’m sure there will be at least a few more before the candidacies end on Monday, and then the process will begin”, he added.
However, the Labor opposition defended this Sunday again for an immediate exit. Johnson, rather than waiting for a new leader to be elected. If not, it is prepared to file a motion of censure in the House of Commons to force its way out.