Sunak’s tenure will officially begin when His Majesty King Charles III appoints him at Buckingham Palace, which will likely happen tomorrow.
Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor, will become the 57th British prime minister after Liz Truss resigned after seven weeks.
Leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt pulled out of the running because it was evident that Sunak had most of the votes. The candidate needed 100 votes. Last I checked, Sunak had 194, and Mordaunt had 90.
The government has not announced when Sunak will become the leader of the Conservative Party.
The member of parliament becomes the leader of his or her respected party when appointed as prime minister.
Sunak will be Britain’s first British Asian prime minister. He’s also the fastest-rising prime minister since he’s only been in parliament for seven years.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, announced the news.
The Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, has announced that Rishi Sunak will become the UK’s next prime minister after he achieved the majority backing of Conservative Party MPshttps://t.co/60R7xP3Rw9 pic.twitter.com/dhDy5ebo4P
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 24, 2022
Liz Truss tweeted that Sunak has her “full support.”
The UK is in an economic mess like the rest of the world. Sunak has to show he can balance the books and bring stability to the country and the Conservative Party.
The leftist parties in the UK criticized the Tories for electing a third prime minister without a general election:
Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, said: “The Tories have crowned Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister without him saying a single word about how he would run the country and without anyone having the chance to vote.
“This is the same Rishi Sunak who as Chancellor failed to grow the economy, failed to get a grip on inflation, and failed to help families with the Tory cost of living crisis.”
She added: “Rishi Sunak has no mandate and no idea what working people need. We need a general election so the public get a say on the future of Britain – and the chance for a fresh start with Labour.”
No one voted for this. pic.twitter.com/thT78wdXuf
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) October 24, 2022
Sunak already ruled out a general election. Senior Tory MP Simon Hoare said, “He is actually going to hit the ground running. We have no time to lose. Certainly, he said that there will be no early general election.”
A source leaked some information from the behind-closed-doors speech Munak gave the 1922 Committee:
A Red Wall MP said Rishi Sunak described Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Penny Mordaunt as “all good Conservative colleagues and friends” when he addressed the 1922 Committee.
The Tory leader told MPs “we’re united behind the policy and now cannot afford the indulgence of division over personality”, the source said.
The MP said Mr Sunak told the party: “We have one chance. It is unite or die.”
There were three standing ovations and “the mood was electric”, the source said, adding they had “never seen anything like it before at the 1922”.
One MP in the room said: “He reaffirmed the whole agenda of levelling up. And that we are in support of low taxation but we only do that when the time is right, when it is affordable, when it is liberal.
“And that has been the lesson of the last few weeks – that unfunded delivery isn’t good politics, isn’t good for markets.
“But a reaffirmation of those basic Conservative principles – support enterprise, support business, the engine that funds our health service.”
How a Prime Minister is Appointed
I’m an Anglophile. I’ve been obsessed with everything Great Britain since junior high, so I’ll give you the low down on how one becomes prime minister.
The UK did not need a general election for Truss and now Sunak to be prime minister:
If an election results in an overall majority for a different party (as in 1997), the incumbent Prime Minister will resign and the Monarch will invite the winning party’s leader to form a government. If the election result is unclear (as in 2010) then political parties must establish who is able to form the next government.
If a Prime Minister chooses to resign when their administration has an overall majority (as in 2022 – twice), it is for the party or parties in government (and their members) to identify who can be chosen as the successor. The Prime Minister only formally resigns and recommends a successor to the Monarch once this process is over.
Then the Monarch will appoint the prime minister. His Majesty King Charles III is headed back to London.
Sunak will likely meet with The King tomorrow at Buckingham Palace:
The arrangements for a change in Prime Minister are usually made by the Monarch and Prime Minister’s respective private secretaries. Buckingham Palace will call an incoming premier, telling them to “stand by” or summoning them to see the Monarch at a particular time. Harold Wilson and James Callaghan both recall being asked when it would “be convenient” for them to meet the Monarch.
Following an election, a new premier will usually arrive at Buckingham Palace (or another Royal residence) in their own car and leave in the Prime Minister’s official vehicle, although there are exceptions: In 2010 David Cameron was driven to the Palace in the prime ministerial Jaguar despite not being Prime Minister.
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