The race to appoint the new Prime Minister of the UK has been narrowed down to two individuals, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. The UK has had two female Prime Ministers in history, that is, Margaret Thatcher(1979-1990) and Theresa May(2016-2019).
Mary Elizabeth Truss, also known as Liz Truss, aged 47, has served as a member of parliament for South West Norfolk since 2010. She worked as a minister for women and equalities in 2019. Since 2021, Truss has served as a foreign secretary. She has worked in various cabinet positions under prime ministers David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson.
Rishi Sunak, her final opponent, has 42 years of age and has worked as the Chancellor of the exchequer from 2020-2022. Sunak worked as the chief secretary to the treasury from 2019-2020.
Both opponents belong to the conservative party, and the final victor shall proceed to replace Boris Johnson in his shoes as the Prime Minister after the leadership race had been narrowed down on Wednesday yesterday.
Following a string of scandals that resulted in dozens of ministers resigning, Johnson resigned as the party’s leader at the beginning of the month. Throughout five voting rounds, members of parliament reduced the ten Conservative candidates running to just two.
In the end, Penny Mordaunt finished in last place with 105 votes, losing to Sunak, who received 137 votes, and Truss, who received 113.
Now that 160,000 party activists have had their say, the winner will also become prime minister is to be declared in September.
The two finalists in the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party both served in Johnson’s administration, which may have led them to be already tarnished by the scandals that brought Johnson to power.
The first included Johnson whipping his lawmakers to defend a political ally who had broken lobbying laws. And the last had Johnson appointing Chris Pincher, a man previously accused of sexual assault, as his deputy chief whip.
The most well-known controversy was “Partygate,” in which Sunak, Johnson, and other political associates were penalized by the police for violating Covid-19 limitations set by the government.
In all this, many masses are claiming that the victor in this race may turn out as Liz Truss since Rishi Sunak has some common ties with former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.