Conservatives welcome Rishi Sunak as new prime minister

News / Mon 24th Oct 2022 pm31 04:08pm

RISHI Sunak will become the UK’s first British Asian prime minister after his only remaining rival pulled out of the Tory leadership contest.

Nearly 200 Conservative MPs publicly backed the former chancellor ahead of the nomination deadline on Monday.

Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt dropped out after failing to secure enough support among MPs.

It means Mr Sunak will succeed Liz Truss and become the youngest PM for more than 200 years.

Mr Sunak – a 42-year-old practising Hindu – is expected to take office in the coming days now the result of the Tory leadership contest is known.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon said: “Congratulations Rishi Sunak on becoming the Leader of the Conservative and our new prime minister.

“Now is the time for us to unite and move forward with the best interests of the country at heart.

“I know Rishi will provide the pragmatic leadership the nation needs in this challenging time.”

Stortford and Hertford MP Julie Marson sent her congratulations.

Ms Marson said: “I am thrilled Rishi Sunak is the new Prime Minister. He was my choice in the summer and he has remained my choice this time too.

“We need unity, stability, credibility, and a safe pair of hands at the helm. Rishi ticks those boxes for me as we face huge challenges domestically and globally.

“I know he wants to see the country grow and have lower taxes but not before we have fixed public spending and our debt.

“The PM has much to do. He has my full support as he sets about the task”.

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7 Comments for Conservatives welcome Rishi Sunak as new prime minister:

2022-10-24 17:22:13

"I know he wants to see the country grow and have lower taxes but not before we have fixed public spending and our debt"-now I understand why they have chosen a 42 year old-they want him to have a chance to do all this before he reaches his retirement age (around 72 by then I guess)

2022-10-24 18:54:59

A large portion of the population pay 60% tax and our leader has been selected by party officials. If this is not communism then I don’t know what is.

2022-10-24 19:25:09

Dishi Rishi said: "[It was] the greatest privilege of my life to be able to serve the party I love" - note "the party", not country. Also, he said: “I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together” - that would be party first and country second. Somewhat different to what RH was saying above. "not before we have fixed public spending and our debt." - problems caused by the actions of the Conservative party over the last 12 years. Interesting that RH says "in this challenging time." while Rishi called it a "profound economic crisis" on Sunday. Why is TH talking down the problems faced by many people? So how is Rishi going to fix the problems? Will he reinstate the NI rise that he originally implemented or will he revert it? And will his wife pay fair taxes or will they still make use of her non-dom status? If RH and Rishi truly want to unite the country, call a General Election now. Then see how the country is united.

gary roberts
2022-10-25 07:38:50

What a mandate: Yes what a mandate, Mr. Sunak doesn't have one that I can see. If he had then the country should be entitled to evaluate it. It wont happen any time soon or will it. This twelve year old tired and disgraceful government has done so much damage to its infrastructure and its people that it needs to go. However, what would replace it? Not a vibrate socially radical government but just a pale shade of blue with a similar outlook to the current rubbish sadly. If I hear the arson analogy again made by Wes Streeting and Starmer on this government then I will know they are not ready to lead this country. Indeed my political champions are Attlee and Nye Bevan who actually did radically change this country rather than just speaking about changing this country and no politician today could lick their boots or even deserve too!

2022-10-25 09:04:24

Rishi sort out Trusses mess she completely fudged the UK also please lower the Gas and a electricity please

David Forman
2022-10-25 09:47:52

Nice to see a Prime Minister from an ethnic minority. So many migrants have contributed greatly to this country and Rishi Sunak provides a role model to inspire others to achieve their dreams. It is amazing that the woke centric Labour Party has yet to have a female or ethic minority leader. It's typical of Labour who talk a good job about equality.

2022-10-25 10:16:54

Referring to being the first British Asian PM, surely that would be Disraeli whose family presumably originated in what is now called Israel. Incidentally Jews by religion were barred from parliament until 1858 (what a wonderful history we have!!), he became PM because his father had previously been converted to Christianity

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