Frontrunner for Johnson’s job revealed

A snap poll revealed that most Tories support Ben Wallace for the role of next party leader.

According to a YouGov survey, Ben Wallace (defense secretary) is top choice for the new Tory leader role.

Wallace was ranked 13% and followed by Penny Mordaunt (12%). She has been the secretary of state for defense, trade policy, and international development and served as state minister.

Rishi Sunak (the former chancellor at the Exchequer), whose resignation was among the earliest by Johnson cabinet members, came in third with 10%. Others on the conservative list were Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Dominic Raab, ex-Housing Minister Michael Gove, and Deputy Prime Minster Dominic Raab.

In all head to head matchups, Wallace was favored by a comfortable margin according to the poll. Sunak would do the best with 30% against Wallace’s 51%. An Wallace-Truss matchup showed 48% to 29% favoring Wallace by a 19-point margin. According to the poll, Truss would beat Mordaunt but narrowly defeat Hunt.

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Johnson quit on Thursday after a series of scandals which have engulfed his government recently triggered rebellion within the Conservative Party. Johnson said that a new leader would be appointed to carry out his vision. He cited his key accomplishments, including support for Ukraine and Brexit.

Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev commented on Johnson’s departure with a degree of sarcasm, stating that “the best friends of Ukraine”We were soon to leave the UK. The resignation was called by him “a natural outcome of the British insolence and incompetent policies, especially on the international track.” 

The British leaders with the greatest chance of succeeding Johnson as head of government are also hawkish toward Russia. Recent decades have seen a significant decline in the relations between both countries.



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