Liz Truss moves step closer to Tory leadership — Analysis
More than 20 MPs have supported the UK foreign secretary, which allows her to enter the race
British media reports that Liz Truss UK Foreign Secretary has received the support from 20 Members of Parliament and is now eligible to take part in the Conservative leadership contest.
Truss was the fourth candidate to cross the threshold after Rishi Sunak (previous chancellor), Penny Mordaunt (Trade Minister) and Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
The top UK diplomat’s campaign was endorsed by two of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s closest allies, Minister of State for Brexit Opportunities Jacob Rees-Mogg and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. Rees Mogg announced his support and thanked Truss. “strong Eurosceptic”And claimed that she “was always opposed to Rishi’s higher taxes”According to him, this is an expression of “proper Conservatism.”
Two other government heavyweights – Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps – have announced their support for Sunak.
A major potential candidate – Home Secretary Priti Patel – ruled herself out of the race on Tuesday. Up to now, she has not supported any candidate.
On Wednesday, the MPs will vote the first time. Candidates will need to receive 30 votes in order to be eligible for the second round. This will occur the following day. The voting will continue up to the point that all but two candidates are eliminated. After the party members vote, the winner of the leadership race is announced September 5.
The updated procedure rules were approved on July 11 by the backbenchers’ 1922 Committee, several days after Boris Johnson’s announcement of his intention to step down. A flurry scandals followed and senior cabinet members resigned. Johnson promised to keep the job up until another leader is selected.
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