Who could replace UK PM Boris Johnson?

13/1/2022 8:49:00 PM

Who could replace UK PM Boris Johnson?

Sunak, 41, was credited with taking bold steps and delivering a sweeping publicly-funded furlough scheme to secure jobs affected by the coronavirus lockdown.Privately wealthy through his previous business career, Sunak's grandparents were from the Punjab in northern India and emigrated to the UK from east Africa in the 1960s.

Another front-runner is Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, a free-trade champion whose straight talking and willingness to wade in to the culture wars have made her popular among Tory grassroots.Truss, who opposed Brexit but then switched sides, grew up in Leeds, northern England, and previously worked for 10 years in the energy and telecommunications sectors.

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speculation is swirling over who might replace him as leader of the Conservative party and take Britain's top political job.Copy to clipboard https://str.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at Parliament in London, Britain, Jan 12, 2022, in this screen grab taken from video.his resignation last month , welcomed Mr Sefcovic at the government country residence Chevening in southeast England.

Rishi Sunak The UK's first Hindu chancellor of the exchequer is the current bookies favourite to replace Johnson, having been appointed finance minister in 2020 after only five years in politics. Sunak, 41, was credited with taking bold steps and delivering a sweeping publicly-funded furlough scheme to secure jobs affected by the coronavirus lockdown. Opposition politicians repeatedly called on him to resign during a heated session of Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament on Wednesday (Jan 12). Pro-Brexit Sunak's public speaking ability, smart appearance and slick communications style are in stark contrast to Johnson, earning him comparisons to former prime minister Tony Blair. "I know the rage they feel with me over the government I lead when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules," an ashen-faced Johnson told parliament. Sunak was noticeably absent from the House of Commons during Johnson's apology on Wednesday (Jan 12) for attending a lockdown-breaking drinks party at Downing Street, and took hours to voice support for his beleaguered boss. It was a sign that Johnson's apology was just enough to stem the mutinous mood among his MPs. Privately wealthy through his previous business career, Sunak's grandparents were from the Punjab in northern India and emigrated to the UK from east Africa in the 1960s. "My objective: stability, predictability in NI," he added, noting they had an opportunity to build on"far-reaching proposals" set out last year by Brussels to ease the on-the-ground tensions.

His father-in-law is Indian tech billionaire Narayana Murthy. It would take 54 of them, or 15 per cent of the total, to trigger a vote on Johnson's future. "I went into that garden just after six on the 20th of May 2020 to thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later to continue working," Johnson said. Liz Truss Another front-runner is Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, a free-trade champion whose straight talking and willingness to wade in to the culture wars have made her popular among Tory grassroots. Truss, 46, was handed the top diplomat's role as reward for her work as minister for international trade securing a raft of post-Brexit trade deals. Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, party veteran Roger Gale and William Wragg, a member of the executive of the influential 1922 committee of rank-and-file Conservatives, all publicly called for Johnson to resign. Some MPs characterised her former Department for International Trade (DIT) as the"Department for Instagramming Truss" because of her prolific output on the social media site.youtube. Truss, who opposed Brexit but then switched sides, grew up in Leeds, northern England, and previously worked for 10 years in the energy and telecommunications sectors."They're tired, they're frankly worn out of defending what is invariably indefensible. A solution needed to be found"urgently early next year", he said, warning that the UK was"ready to use the Article 16 safeguard mechanism" if necessary, referring to the suspension clause in the agreement.

Michael Gove PHOTO: AFP The former journalist with a nose for political drama was a driving force behind Brexit and has been an influential member of Johnson's Cabinet. Gove, 56, was in September tasked with leading the housing and local authorities ministry, to deliver Johnson's agenda of"levelling up" disadvantaged UK regions. The idea that politicians and officials didn't stick to Covid-19 rules they designed has cut through with voters. "The party's over, prime minister," Starmer told him. He ran twice to be Conservative leader, in 2016 and 2019, coming third on both occasions. Jeremy Hunt PHOTO: FACEBOOK Former foreign and health secretary Jeremy Hunt, 55, lost to Johnson in the 2019 leadership contest during which he branded himself as the"serious" alternative. 10 Downing Street in May 2020. A fluent Japanese speaker, he is the current chair of the health select committee and has an image as a"nice guy" although is seen by some as lacking charisma." 'Not sunk yet' Anger has grown since ITV News reported Johnson and partner Carrie mingled with about 40 staff in the Downing Street garden after his Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds sent an invitation asking attendees to "bring your own booze".

Hunt was a contemporary of Johnson and former prime minister David Cameron at Oxford University, and previously worked as a management consultant and an English language teacher in Japan. On Wednesday, Johnson finally broke his silence. Sajid Javid PHOTO: AFP Health Secretary Sajid Javid, 52, is the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver who become a high-flying banker and eventually Johnson's finance minister before resigning in 2020. He has spoken fondly of shaking free market champion Margaret Thatcher's hand when he was a young boy."I must take responsibility. Some of Johnson's own Conservative lawmakers had said his response on Wednesday to the growing furore would determine his future. Javid voted in 2016 to remain in the European Union because of its economic benefits to trade, but later rallied to the Brexit cause and ended his leadership challenge to support Johnson. Priti Patel PHOTO: REUTERS Interior minister Priti Patel, 49, is the most socially conservative of Johnson's senior ministers, voting against introducing same-sex marriage, and was a prominent Brexit supporter. Many Tory MPs said they are furious but aren't willing to call time on Johnson yet.

Patel was born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family and has taken a tough line on immigration while being confronted with record numbers of migrants arriving in the country from across the Channel. "Regretfully, I have to say his position is no longer tenable," Ross told Sky News, having earlier spoken to Johnson. An avowed Thatcherite who has had to fend off claims she bullied civil servants, Patel worked in public relations before entering politics. The police might also yet get formally involved. Dominic Raab Deputy prime minister and justice secretary Dominic Raab, 47, led the country when Johnson was in intensive care in hospital with Covid-19 in 2020. The former lawyer and karate black belt was seen as a reliable ally whose unfussy and pragmatic approach made him the right man for a crisis. Another privately described Johnson as a dead man walking. "It sounds to me, I'm afraid, very much as though politically the prime minister is a dead man walking," said Roger Gale, another Conservative lawmaker who has also written a letter calling for Johnson to face a challenge. His move to justice from the post of foreign secretary was seen as a demotion after he initially failed to cut short his holiday as Kabul fell to the Taliban in August.

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