Tory lead: Sunak and Mordaunt lead race to succeed Boris Johnson after first vote

The race to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the UK Conservative Party, and therefore the UK Prime Minister, escalated on Wednesday.

initial field of eight applicants was narrowed down to six MPs, each of whom was able to secure the support of 30 Conservative MPs.

Former Treasurer Rishi Sunak leads with 88 votes; with Secretary of Commerce Penny Mordaunt in second place with 67 votes.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss received 50 votes; former Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch received 40 votes; Attorney General for England and Wales Swella Braverman won 32 votes; and former soldier Tom Tugendhat received 37 votes.

Former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt (18 votes) and the minister responsible for COVID vaccine deployment Nadhim Zahavi (25 votes) dropped out of the race after failing to garner enough support from their parliamentary counterparts.

So what happens next?

New rounds of voting will take place on Thursday and, if necessary, next week, until there are only two candidates left, with a successor in place by September 5.

The last two candidates will face a second round of voting, which will be attended by about 180,000 members of the Conservative Party across the country.

Few of the applicants have high public prestige. Former head of the treasury Rishi Sunak is the favorite of the bookmakers and has the most declared supporters, followed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Liz Truss and Minister of Commerce Penny Mordaunt.

However new pollIby YouGov hundreds of members of the Conservative Party were asked who they would choose for the post of prime minister, and in every scenario, Penny Mordaunt ended up in the first place.

The poll also shows that the candidate’s presumed favorite, Rishi Sunak, failed to defeat any of the remaining Conservative Party nominees in the race.

Penny Mordaunt, secretary of commerce since 2021, launched her campaign with a video saying “our leadership must change.”

A staunch supporter of Brexit, he has been at the forefront of the British government’s push for post-Brexit trade deals with other countries outside the EU.