Who will succeed Boris Johnson?


The Guardian – by Heather Stewart

With the opposition leader and many Conservative MPs demanding the resignation of Boris Johnson, speculation about who can succeed him is growing. So here are some potential dolphins, in case the British Prime Minister resigns or is expelled.

Liz Tras, Secretary of State

Despite being a former supporter of Remain, the 46-year-old Tras is the favorite of the party base, regularly occupying the first place in the polls of the Conservative Home website among the members of the Tories.

Her fans love her rhetoric, which includes a lot of freedom, free trade and patriotism, and credit her with signing a number of post-Brexit trade deals. It has a well-honed public image, thanks to the generous use of taxpayer-funded government photographers.

Risi Sunak, Minister of Finance

The 41-year-old Sunak has been considered a favorite for some time for Johnson’s successor, but lately his popularity has dropped among Tory members.

The son of an East African Indian immigrant – a doctor and a pharmacist – who was sent to Winchester, a select private school, he worked in City before engaging in politics and took a different economic approach from Johnson, taxing low-income people. a tighter containment of public spending.

Jeremy Hunt, Chair of Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Welfare

The 55-year-old former foreign minister was clearly defeated by Johnson in the 2019 battle for leadership, but he is still considered a possible dolphin if the position is vacated again.

After Johnson sent him back to parliament, however, he seems meticulously loyal. He is considered a “safe pair of hands”, although some of his colleagues believe that he lacks political brilliance.

Priti Patel, Minister of the Interior

The 49-year-old Patel is considered by many to be a controversial figure, but her right-wing views and obvious tough stance in the Immigration Department make her attractive to several leaders as well as like-minded Conservative MPs.

An MP since 2010, he held various ministerial posts, but faced a two-year “exile” when he was forced to resign as Minister of International Development due to informal meetings with Israeli officials.

Sajid Javid, Minister of Health

The 52-year-old former finance minister took the far fourth place in the battle for the succession of Terisa May, but he probably wants to try his luck again.

A former banking investor, he had formally backed Remain in the referendum, but is not defined by it, and has a fairly solid conservative ideology, as well as a charming personal story, having grown up above the family store in Bristol.

Quasi Quorteng, Minister of Business

Korteng, 46, the first black Conservative to take office, certainly has the necessary credentials for many Tories as a fan of the free market.

Born in East London, he studied in Eaton, is known for his intelligence but also a certain tendency to speak without thinking.

Nadim Zahawi, Minister of Education

Although this is his first ministerial term, 54-year-old Zahawi’s popularity skyrocketed during his one-year tenure as deputy minister for vaccines.

And his personal story is, perhaps, more fascinating than that of Javid. Born in Baghdad to a Kurdish family, she left Saddam Hussein’s Iraq at the age of nine.

Co-founder of the polling company YouGov, with a background in the oil industry, he is one of the richest MPs in Westminster.


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