Rishi Sunak, 42, former finance minister:
Has been in parliament since 2015 and has made a rapid career within the party. He was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2020 in Boris Johnson’s government.
It was Sunak who, together with former health secretary Sajid Javid, set in motion the wave of defections from Johnson’s government that later led to his downfall.
Was born in Southampton in the south of England. His parents are originally from India and emigrated to England in the 60s.
Sunak is one of Britain’s richest people along with his wife Akshata Murty, who is the daughter of an Indian billionaire.
Liz Truss, 46, Foreign Secretary:
Popular among conservative voters in the country. Has modeled its image after former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
As foreign minister, she has been at the center of Britain’s support for Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia.
Was born in Oxford as the daughter of a mathematics professor and a nurse. Is married to Hugh O’Leary with whom she has two teenage daughters.
If Truss wins, she will become Britain’s third female prime minister.
Source: AP, BBC
The roughly 200,000 Conservatives who will elect a leader have until Friday. It’s the last day to cast a vote before the winner is revealed on Monday, September 5.
In a final hearing in front of a large crowd at Wembley Arena in north-east London, just a stone’s throw from Wembley, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak tried to convince the undecided.
The only question was what the party members got out of it all, more than that, according to Truss, the British should learn from the English women’s national football team, “the Lionesses”, who won European Championship gold last summer, at Wembley itself.
Police on the streets
Truss, who is heavily favourite, took to the stage to the tune of Taylor Swift’s ‘Change’, saying London is the ‘best city in the world’, which is unfortunately ruled by Labor mayor Sadiq Khan, ‘the one who is against everything’ and stands in the way for the Tory Party to overcome the capital’s criminality.
As a leader, she herself must stop all the “anti-growth madness”, ensure that the police are on the streets instead of on Twitter, and protect housing for vulnerable women. And then she made it clear that Britain, despite more than twelve years of Conservative rule, has too much left-wing identity politics.
“I want to be very clear that a woman is a woman,” she said.
But how she will overcome inflation, rampant electricity bills, a health care system that is on its knees and the drought in the country, she was more uncertain about. The little news Truss offered was some vague words about possible grants to households if costs continue to skyrocket.
No increased taxes
On a direct question about energy prices, she said that she is in favor of business.
— I’m not ruling anything out and I’m not sitting here with a future budget. But there will be no increased taxes.
And so it continued.
Rishi Sunak promised world-class education, a “competent and seriously led” government. And change.
How? By fighting inflation and border problems.
— With my plan, I am convinced that we can overcome it (the border issue). I am prepared to do whatever it takes.
On the economy, he said his plan was better than “any other candidate’s” and that he is the one who can “guarantee” to end inflation, and that he can do it with compassion.
Johnson got the applause
He wants to counter the rampant house prices with cheaper housing, and that whoever buys their first home must find it easier on the loan market.
— It is an incredible journey to own ownership, a special journey, a conservative journey.
But whoever the party chooses will be an “outstanding” leader, at least if party veteran Michael Gove, who introduced Rishi Sunak, is to be believed.
Because the most important election is still the one for the parliament, which will be held no later than January 2025.
— We cannot let Keir Starmer get even close to power, Gove said of the Labor leader.
The party’s two leadership candidates agreed, and praised each other. But the British people must continue their wait for how the country will be governed in the next few years.
It was perhaps symptomatic that, according to the BBC, the biggest cheer went to a man who wasn’t even there – Boris Johnson.
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