First Round Of Ballots To Be Cast In Uk Pm Race As Rishi Sunak Holds On To Lead Among Eight Candidates To Replace Boris Johnson News Good News
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After Boris Johnson left the post of Prime Minister in Britain, now the search for a new PM has intensified. In this sequence, on Wednesday, Conservative Party MPs took part in the voting process for the election of the new PM. If we look at the latest figures, then Indian-origin Rishi Sunak is currently leading the race. He also got the support of the maximum number of MPs in the first round of voting after nomination. On the other hand, Suella Braverman of Indian origin has also been successful in making it to the next round.
It is worth noting that before the first round of voting, eight names were involved in the race for the post of PM. However, after voting on Wednesday, senior party leader and former foreign minister Jeremy Hunt dropped out of the race. Apart from him, Nadeem Jahavi, who was made Finance Minister in the last phase of Johnson government, also could not gather the necessary support. Now only six names are left in the race for the post of PM.
How many MPs support whom?
While Sunak got the support of 88 Conservative MPs in the first round of voting, second-ranked Penny Mordent got 67 votes. After this, Foreign Minister Liz Truss was at number three, who got 50 votes. Came Bednokh came fourth with 40 votes, Tom Tugendhat in fifth with 37 votes, Suella Braverman in sixth place with 32 votes. The lowest 18 votes went to Jeremy Hunt and 25 votes to Nadeem Jahavi, due to which both are out of the race.
Two British-Indians involved in the race
Two British-Indians are also in the race for the post of UK PM. While the first name is of former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, the next name is that of Attorney General Suella Braverman. The age of both the leaders is 42 years. Both are UK-born politicians of Indian origin and both took part in the campaign for the 2016 Brexit referendum.
Who else is in the race for the post of Prime Minister?
The nomination process for the post of Prime Minister has been completed on Tuesday evening, so the names of the candidates have also come out. Another example of diversity in the list of candidates is the election of former Nigerian-born minister Kemi Bedenok, who was born in London. Apart from this, Iraq-born Finance Minister Nadeem Jahavi (55) is also in this race. He came to Britain as a refugee at the age of 11. His family fled Baghdad during the reign of Saddam Hussein.
Trade ministers Penny Mordont and Tom Tugendhat are also among the eight Conservative Party candidates in the race. Both are 49 years old and both come from military backgrounds. Foreign Minister Liz Truss (46) and former minister Jeremy Hunt (55) are also trying their luck.
Sunak was the first to submit his claim for the post of PM
Sunak last week shared a video staking his claim for the post of prime minister, in which he narrated how his Indian-origin grandmother, Sriksha, who lived in rural Africa in the 1960s, had come to Britain via Tanzania. Sunak said in the video, ‘The young lady came to Britain, got a job here, but she had to add money for a year to make arrangements to bring her husband and children here. One of them was my mother, who was 15 years old then.
He said, ‘My mother studied hard and got a pharmacist’s degree. He met my father at the National Health Service and settled in Southampton. His story does not end here. However my story begins from here. He also shared a picture with his father Yashveer and mother Usha, in which young Sunak is seen with his siblings.
Braverman also found good support in the party.
Meanwhile, former barrister Suella Braverman is one of the biggest supporters of Brexit in the Conservative Party. He played an important role in separating Britain from Europe. Apart from this, she has also been in the forefront of getting Britain out of the European Human Rights Court. Braverman, in his video, has told about his Mauritius-based mother and Goa-based father migrating to the UK from Kenya.
Braverman, MP from the Farrham seat in South East England, said: ‘They love Britain. It instilled hope in them. It gave them security. This country gave them opportunities. I think my background is really indicative of my attitude towards politics.