Potential candidates to replace Boris Johnson

Although he survived an internal vote of confidence in Monday’s election, Boris Johnson’s position as head of the British government is considered highly uncertain. With no clear successor in the Conservative Party, several names are being touted as potential candidates to replace him.

– Jeremy Hunt –

Former Secretary of State and Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, 55, has lost the 2019 Conservative leadership to Boris Johnson, presenting himself as a “serious” alternative.

Since then, he has been preparing to run again, building support and being out of the Johnson administration.

A colleague of Johnson and former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron at Oxford University, Hunt, who teaches English in Japanese and is fluent in Japanese, is chairman of the parliamentary health committee.

He has a “good guy” image, although some see him as lacking in charisma.

-Sage Sunak –

Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, the first Hindu to hold the post, was once a hot favorite to succeed Johnson but lost his legitimacy after multiple scandals.

The lawsuits revolved around the favorable tax status of his Indian billionaire wife, which prevented him from paying millions in UK taxes and the US residency permit that Sunak had until last year.

A former Goldman Sachs analyst and hedge fund employee, married to the daughter of Sunak, an Indian tycoon whose grandparents immigrated to the UK from northern India in the 1960s, amassed considerable personal fortune before becoming a deputy in 2015.

The 42-year-old Brexit advocate was nominated as finance minister in 2020, a key position in the epidemic, but has been criticized for doing too little to tackle a life-threatening crisis.

– Liz Truss –

Without uttering a word and without much criticism of the “awakened” protest movement, Foreign Minister Liz Truss became very popular within the Conservative Party.

The 46-year-old, who has worked in the energy and telecommunications sectors for a decade, was nominated as head of diplomacy as a reward for her work as international trade minister during Britain’s exit from the European Union.

In that position, the big free trade lawyers who voted to stay in the EU before switching sides were able to close a series of important post-Brexit trade deals.

-Sajid Javid –

The son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, Sajid Javid Johnson, the current health minister, was a famous banker before he became finance minister.

He resigned in 2020 and returned to government a year ago.

Javid, 52, voted to stay in the EU for economic benefits in 2016, but later joined because of Brexit.

– Preeti Patel –

Home Minister Preeti Patel, 50, is the most conservative of Johnson’s ministers. A staunch supporter of Brexit, he also voted against same-sex marriage.

He was born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family and took a very strict line on immigration.

Despite the promise, the number of illegal immigrants through the English Channel is currently at record levels.

A staunch supporter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and accused of harassment by her employees at work, Patel worked in public relations before entering politics.

– Tom Tugendhat –

The chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee was the first to publicly announce his intention to run for office if Boris Johnson resigns or is indicted.

A former British Army officer, he has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The son of a British father and a French mother, Tom Tugendhat, 48, is a bilingual.

– Penny Murdoch –

Penny Mordant, a 49-year-old former defense minister and current foreign trade secretary, was a key figure in the pro-Brexit campaign in 2016 and has been working to negotiate a trade deal for the UK.

Considered a good orator, he is assumed to be a unity candidate, capable of garnering support from various branches of the Conservative Party.

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