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UK PM race begins: Is Sunak next UK PM? Sunak Secures 100 MP’s support

London: With more than a hundred nominations, conservative British politician of Indian descent Rishi Sunak is eager to declare his candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party and the position of British Prime Minister.

Following the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss, Sunak became the first candidate for the Tory leadership to receive 100 nominations, according to the Independent, citing campaign sources. At least 100 Conservative Party MPs supported Sunak, who lost the previous leadership fight to Truss, so he could run for prime minister of the United Kingdom. This is a significant milestone following Liz Truss’ resignation as UK prime minister on Thursday, which plunged the nation into political unrest and forced it to search for a stable administration as the opposition reaffirmed its call for a general election.

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also stated his intention to run for president, stating he is “up for it.” The leader of the Tories in the Commons, Penny Mordaunt, entered the race on Friday. Mordaunt wrote, “I’ve been inspired by support from colleagues who desire a new beginning, a united party, and leadership in the national interest.

After Sunak reached the 100 nomination mark Conservative MP for Bournemouth East tweeted, “The free mkt experiment is over – it’s been a low point in our Party’s great history. The reset begins. Time for centrist, stable, fiscally responsible Government offering credible domestic & international leadership. Honoured to be the 100th Tory MP to support #Ready4Rishi.”

Former Health secretary Matt Hancock also confirmed his support for Sunak. He tweeted, “I have worked incredibly closely with Boris, Rishi & Penny in Government. I admire all three. With the challenges we face today: economic crisis & the need to restore authoritative leadership, Rishi Sunak is the best person to lead our country. I’m voting Rishi & hope you do too.”

Meanwhile, Tory MP Nigel Mills said it was a “mistake” for him not to back Sunak during the summer’s leadership contest. Mills tweeted, “A few weeks ago I changed my mind and didn’t back Rishi Sunak. I’m not making the same mistake again, he is clearly the prime minister we need to restore stability and tackle the many serious challenges facing the country.”

Tory MPs will vote on Monday, and two candidates will be put forward to the Tory membership unless one pulls out. The result will be announced on Friday, October 28.

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