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Sunak now favourite to be UK PM after Johnson

Rishi Sunak looked set to become Britain’s next prime minister after Boris Johnson withdrew from the contest on Sunday, saying that although he had enough support to make the final ballot he realised the country and the Conservative Party needed unity. Johnson had raced home from a holiday in the Caribbean to try and secure the backing of 100 lawmakers ...

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Who could become UK’s new PM?

Here are the main contenders confirmed or expected to run to succeed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, after she announced her resignation on Thursday: – Rishi Sunak – Former chancellor of the exchequer Sunak secured the support of the 100 Conservative MPs needed to stand in the contest on Friday and formally announced his candidacy Sunday. The 42-year-old lost convincingly ...

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Boris Johnson, ousted by scandal, eyes comeback as UK leader

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson — ousted by ethics scandals just three months ago — jockeyed to make a comeback Friday as one of several contenders seeking to replace Liz Truss, whose rapid downfall threw the country’s leadership into disarray at a time of severe economic challenges. The governing Conservative Party has ordered a lightning-fast race that aims to ...

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Johnson eyes comeback as UK Tories race to replace Truss

Britain’s divisive former leader Boris Johnson on Friday received heavyweight Conservative backing to stage a sensational comeback following the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss. The UK’s ruling party was forced into its second leadership contest in quick succession after Truss announced she was quitting after just 44 tempestuous days in office. A poll by YouGov found 79 percent of ...

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Who will replace Liz Truss?

Liz Truss said on Thursday she would resign as British prime minister just six weeks after she was appointed. A leadership election will be completed within the next week to replace Truss, who is the shortest serving prime minister in British history. George Canning previously held the record, serving 119 days in 1827 when he died. 1922 Committee chair Graham ...

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UK Prime Minister resigns after 45-day in office

Liz Truss has resigned as prime minister after just 45 days in office. The announcement, made by Truss outside Downing Street, follows the near-complete evaporation of her political authority which has seen her crash the markets, lose two key ministers and shed the confidence of almost all her own MPs. Speaking outside Downing Street, she says she has told King ...

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Suella Braverman forced to resign as UK home secretary

Suella Braverman has resigned as home secretary after only six weeks in the role. The BBC has been told she is stepping down due to “an honest mistake” rather than a disagreement over policy. It is understood the PM was advised that the ministerial code had been breached. Ms Braverman is the second cabinet minister to leave government during Liz ...

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I’ll lead Tories into next election, says embattled UK PM Liz Truss

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has insisted she will lead the Tories into the next general election, despite U-turns leaving her battling to salvage her authority. The PM apologised for making mistakes, after the new chancellor Jeremy Hunt junked almost all of her tax-cutting plans to stabilise market turmoil. She added her month-old premiership “hasn’t been perfect,” but she had ...

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UK lawmakers will try to oust PM Truss this week

British lawmakers will try to oust Prime Minister Liz Truss this week despite Downing Street’s warning that it could trigger a general election, the Daily Mail reported. More than 100 members of parliament (MPs) belonging to the governing Conservative Party are ready to submit letters of no confidence in Truss to Graham Brady, the head of the Conservative Party’s committee ...

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UK leader Liz Truss goes from triumph to trouble in 6 weeks

When Liz Truss was running to lead Britain this summer, an ally predicted her first weeks in office would be turbulent. But few were prepared for the scale of the sound and fury -– least of all Truss herself. In just six weeks, the prime minister’s libertarian economic policies have triggered a financial crisis, emergency central bank intervention, UK leader ...

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