LONDON ( Associated Press) – Five candidates seeking to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shed their right-wing credentials on Sunday, highlighting Brexit and immigration issues as they seek to woo other Conservative lawmakers ahead of a third round of voting on Monday. Were trying to. When another claimant will withdraw.
Although the eventual winner would automatically become prime minister, contenders must appeal to a smaller group of Conservative Party members who tend to be more white, older, and more right-wing than the general public. The candidates face a series of votes this week from lawmakers, who will narrow the field to two before facing a runoff in front of about 180,000 party members.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, a front-runner, pledged to scrap or reform “every EU law” as Britain keeps its foot outside the bloc.
When she was Minister for Equality in Theresa May’s government, she wanted to pursue a policy to address the need for trans people to receive a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria before they could legally change gender. For this, Trade Minister Penny Mordant had to defend herself. ,
The competition has been called the most diverse for a British prime minister. Sunak and Kemi Badenoch, a former equality minister, are non-white, while three of the five contenders are women.
Little is known about Badenoch, whose parents are from Nigeria, but on Friday she stood out in a televised debate among five candidates. If she wins, she will be the first black female prime minister and the youngest in more than 250 years at age 42.
The foreign secretary, Liz Truss, is citing her international experience as Britain’s top diplomat and former trade secretary, vowing to take a tougher stance with the EU in post-Brexit trade disputes.
Tom Tugendhat is emphasizing the virtue of never being in the Johnson government and calling for a “clean start” by the current prime minister after months of scandal.