LONDON: Rishi Sunakwho made history as the first MP of Indian descent to compete for the post of British Prime Minister, signed off on his “Ready for Rishi” campaign on Saturday with a note of thanks for his team and supporters.
While most polls of Conservative Party members who voted in the leadership election to replace Boris Johnson, and even most of the UK media, concluded that the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will be the winning candidate when the result is announced on Monday, Sunak sounded a note of optimism on Twitter.
“Voting is now closed. Thank you to all my colleagues, the campaign team and, of course, all the members who came to meet me and give me their support. See you Monday! #Ready4Rishi”, he said. -he declares.
The 42-year-old former British Indian finance minister has focused his campaign on tackling runaway inflation, a 10-point plan to tackle illegal immigration, tackle crime to make Britain’s streets brighter secure and restore integrity and trust to the heart. of the government.
“Six weeks on the road and I’ve loved every second of it,” he said.
Online and mail-in ballots cast by around 160,000 Tory members are now tallied by Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ), with the winner to be announced at 12.30pm local time on Monday by Sir Graham Brady – chairman of the 1922 backbench committee. Conservative MPs and Returning Officer.
Sunak and Truss will find out who between them landed the top job at 10 Downing Street around 10 minutes before the public announcement.
According to the calendar of events now in place, the newly elected leader will deliver a short acceptance speech shortly after the announcement of the results at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center in central London – near Downing Street.
The rest of Monday will involve the winning candidate putting the finishing touches on their Cabinet posts and their first speech as Prime Minister.
On Tuesday, the day will begin with a farewell speech by outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the steps of his Downing Street office one last time before flying to Aberdeenshire in Scotland for an audience with the Queen to formally step down in as head of government.
His successor, who will arrive in Scotland separately, will then be formally appointed Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II at her Balmoral Castle residence – marking the first time in history that the appointment has been made outside of England as the 96-year-old monarch reduces it. journey with age.
Later on Tuesday afternoon, the newly appointed Prime Minister will return to Downing Street to deliver his inaugural speech before getting down to business announcing key Cabinet posts. Key security briefings are also expected to take place during the day by senior officials.
At noon local time on Wednesday, the newly elected leader of the Conservative government will put his first questions to the Prime Minister (LF) in the House of Commons – facing the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer.
It will mark the culmination of weeks of great political drama at the heart of the British government after nearly 60 senior ministers resigned from Cabinet in early July, forcing Johnson out following the partygate scandal over parties breaking COVID law and allegations of impropriety involving a senior politician.
Sunak was among the prime ministers to step down as chancellor, citing disagreements with his former boss, and then threw his hat into the ring for the leadership race. He proved hugely popular with his fellow Tory MPs, who voted overwhelmingly for him to succeed Johnson.
However, the broader Conservative membership base is believed to still be fiercely loyal to the outgoing leader and unhappy with Johnson’s forced exit from Downing Street. That loyalty is expected to have a big bearing on the final outcome of the Tory leadership race, which will be known on Monday.

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