Rishi Sunak becomes UK’s third prime minister this year
Rishi Sunak has won the latest Tory leadership election and so will become the next prime minister.
You know what they say, second time lucky...
Having lost out to Liz Truss just six weeks ago to replace Boris Johnson, the former chancellor has now become the only candidate to secure over 100 nominations from Tory MPs needed to find a replacement after Truss resigned, so the contest is over.
His challenger, Penny Mordaunt withdrew from the race, with her campaign team announcing she did not have enough nominations to stand against Sunak today.
There was even talk of Boris Johnson coming back at one point, but his return was quickly put to bed.
\u201cCongratulations @RishiSunak \n\nI couldn\u2019t be prouder of my friend today.\n\nHe\u2019s won the overwhelming support of the parliamentary party. There are huge challenges ahead, but I have every faith that with him at the helm, the country will succeed. #Ready4Rishi\u201d
\u201cI don\u2019t see how we can have a 3rd new Prime Minister - & a policy programme that is miles away from the original manifesto - without going to the country. \nConservative MPs understandably won\u2019t want to and are legally not obliged to, but it will be morally unavoidable.\u201d
\u201cso Rishi Sunak is our new Prime Minister the first person to make it there from the multi billionaire community\u201d
— dave \u2744\ufe0f \ud83e\udd55 \ud83e\uddfb (@dave \u2744\ufe0f \ud83e\udd55 \ud83e\uddfb)
\u201cWhatever happens, Rishi Sunak offered himself for proper political interviews regularly over the years, including during the leadership election. Whatever your view on his answers, he showed up. If he\u2019s PM the expectation should be that this continues. It matters, as we\u2019ve seen.\u201d
\u201cBREAKING: Rishi Sunak becomes new Prime Minister, accepting a short-term, zero-hours contract till next Friday.\u201d
— Have I Got News For You (@Have I Got News For You)
\u201cBREAKING: Rishi Sunak is new UK Prime Minister. He\u2019ll be the first British-Asian PM & first Hindu PM, and at 42, the youngest PM in modern times. I\u2019ve backed @RishiSunak for a long time, think he\u2019s the right guy for the job, and wish him every success.\u201d
\u201cLiterally one minute before the announcement.\n\nLike the person who would get wind he was about to get dumped, in school, and run up to the other person and shout \u201cI\u2019M DUMPING YOU\u201d.\n\nWe are truly led by dysfunctional teens. ~AA\u201d
\u201cSo.... @RishiSunak is now selected by just over 170 people to run the county.\n\nHow is that democracy? How is that a Mandate to govern? 170 people.... Even Truss had over 80,000....\n\n#GeneralElectionN0W\u201d
— Mike Dailly\u2122 \ud83c\udff4\udb40\udc67\udb40\udc62\udb40\udc73\udb40\udc63\udb40\udc74\udb40\udc7f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83d\udc99 (@Mike Dailly\u2122 \ud83c\udff4\udb40\udc67\udb40\udc62\udb40\udc73\udb40\udc63\udb40\udc74\udb40\udc7f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83d\udc99)
\u201cA good moment to recognise that in spite of bigoted LBC callers and stupid comments elsewhere, the UK is going to have its first prime minister from a minority since Disraeli. I don\u2019t share his politics and will vote against him but this is a great line to have crossed.\u201d
\u201cYou may not like it but the fact remains that the people have decided and rishi sunak has won this general election fair and square. It\u2019s called democracy. You might want to look it up. \ud83d\udc4d\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7\u201d
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