Who Power Succeed Liz Truss As UK Prime Minister? In her resignation statement outside Downing Street on Thursday, Liz Truss promised that a fresh leadership election will be held within a week.
The candidates to succeed Truss will require at least 100 nominations from Conservative MPs, according to Graham Brady, the officer in charge of the process inside the Conservative Party. In the event that more than one candidate passes that requirement.
The Conservative members will vote online to choose the new prime minister, who will be inaugurated on Friday, October 28. This will be the third Conservative prime minister during this legislative session and the fifth in just over six years. But who might be the new ruler? Some of the top runners and riders are listed below:
Given that many of the prophecies Sunak made regarding Truss’s economic strategy during this summer’s leadership came true, he has emerged as something of a government-demise prophet. A run on the pound, a panic in the bond market, and alarm from the IMF were all predicted by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer in response to Truss’s unfunded tax cuts.
Perhaps even he would have been taken aback by how quickly he was vindicated. Sunak has experience managing financial crises after leading the UK through the Covid-19 outbreak. In the previous leadership election, he likewise received the highest support from MPs, handily surpassing the new bar with 137 votes.
Sunak lost by a razor-thin margin, with 43% of the vote, even though Truss ultimately received the crucial member vote. He may be the most likely candidate to take the helm as the next set of hands because of the respect he enjoys among MPs and the validation his predictions have received.
After filling in for an absent Liz Truss during a debate, the Leader of the House of Commons may have had a dress rehearsal for being prime minister this week. In a presentation that appeared to be more about promoting herself than it did about supporting the PM, Mordaunt stated on Tuesday that “the prime minister is not under a desk.”
Mordaunt nearly missed being presented to the members by placing third in the most recent leadership election. She is also anticipated to pass the newt threshold with 105 votes from MPs in the most recent election.
Due in part to her military experience, she is anticipated to perform well among the party members. Mordaunt, a member of the Royal Navy Reserve, previously held the position of Secretary of State for Defense.
She comes from the more moderate section of the party, like Sunak. Even among MPs, there was discussion of the two creating a “dream team” ticket, though this hasn’t happened and it’s not obvious if each would prefer becoming chancellor to taking the top position.
Despite receiving only 59 votes from MPs and finishing fourth in the leadership race this summer, Badenoch was regularly rated by pollsters as a favorite among grassroots Conservative members.
One of the more recent candidates for the position of MP, Badenoch rapidly gained the support of longtime Tory grandee Michael Gove, who hailed her as the party’s “exceptional potential.” The conservative Badenoch had argued that the government’s climate ambitions would be too expensive during her candidacy for the party’s leadership.
Now that Truss’s MP votes are up for grabs, Badenoch may have a remote possibility of passing the requirement and moving on to the members’ vote.
Despite the fact that Johnson resigned in disgrace only a few months ago after a slew of scandals combined to render his position untenable, a number of allies have argued that Johnson could be a unifying candidate who could provide stability to the nation.
Johnson was the only candidate, according to one MP who backed him in the 2019 election, who could easily win over both Conservative MPs and Conservative Party members. Closest associates of Johnson claimed they were aware he was being actively pressured in the hours following Truss’ resignation speech, arguing to him that he was the party’s best hope for medium-term stability.
Johnson made one of his signature allusions to antiquity during his closing statement as prime minister outside 10 Downing Street. Like the Roman statesman Cincinnatus, he declared that he would “return to his plow,” alluding to a more sedate existence on the backbenches. Cincinnatus, however, did not live his life that way.
He was summoned from his work at the plow to come back to Rome for a second tenure, this time as a despot. Some believe that the Conservative Party is attempting to prevent another Johnson term by instituting the new 100-vote barrier.
He would be expected to perform exceptionally well in a vote by the party membership, but that vote is unlikely to reach that point due to the high requirement for MP votes.
Grant Shapps’s elevation to home secretary during Truss’s final days in office, despite the fact that she had never given him a ministerial position of any kind, is a sign of the chaos in her administration. Shapps was Boris Johnson’s transport secretary. In the previous leadership election.
He ran to replace him but withdrew three days later after failing to receive the necessary 20 MP votes to advance to the next round. The new bar will probably be too high for Shapps, although his early criticism of Truss’ administration may have gained him the backing of more MPs than in the previous election.
More names are drawn from the hat:
Suella Braverman’s resignation from her position as home secretary on Wednesday evening might have been a clue that she might run for leadership. Although the former attorney general has never run for office, her extreme views on immigration could push the party even further to the right.
Despite barely placing sixth in the previous leadership race, Tom Tugendhat has emerged as a surprising favorite among Conservative members and the general public. Tugendhat, who had never held a ministerial position before that election, pledged a “new start” for Britain and distanced himself from the moral disaster created by Johnson’s administration. Tugendhat served in Afghanistan and Iraq before Truss appointed him as security minister.
In the previous leadership election, Ben Wallace, the defense secretary, and another former service veteran was expected to succeed Johnson because he was performing quite well among Conservative members. He didn’t participate in that election, so it’s unknown if his views have evolved since then.
We delivered on energy bills and on cutting national insurance.
We have continued to stand with Ukraine and to protect our own security.
And we set out a vision for a low tax, high growth economy – that would take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit. pic.twitter.com/fi6rtdBRAf
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) October 20, 2022
Theresa May, a former leader of the United Kingdom, has also been mentioned as a potential “unity” candidate to follow Truss. In an effort to unite the opposing Conservative party factions over Brexit, May finally allow Boris Johnson to succeed her.
Another attempt at compromise may be forthcoming given that the party has failed to settle its differences this time.