Race to Downing Street: the dice are cast, the result announced on Monday

Downing Street race: die cast, result announced on Monday

Liz Truss, British Foreign Secretary and Conservative Party leadership candidate, speaks during the final meeting of the party's leadership candidates on August 31, 2022 in London.

The race in Downing Street is over: the internal vote in the British Conservative Party was completed on Friday, with Liz Truss the favorite to win against Rishi Sunak after a summer of near-holiday power in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis.

Polls and successive rallies have only confirmed the considerable lead of the 47-year-old foreign minister over the 42-year-old former finance minister in the Conservative Party.

After the end of the vote of the members on Friday evening, the result will be announced Monday at 12:30 p.m. Brexit in 2016, the third woman in this position after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

She will succeed Boris Johnson, forced to resign in early July by the accumulation of scandals. It will be eagerly awaited to respond urgently to soaring energy bills which are strangling households, schools, hospitals and businesses, leading to social conflicts like never since the Thatcher years (1979-1990).

“It will be a very, very big surprise if she doesn't win. »

— John Curtice, political scientist at the University of Strathclyde

He also notes the ability of the Minister to politically appeal to Conservative adherents and articulate a clear message for them.

After a campaign summer dotted with 12 meetings with a total of nearly 200,000 voters across the country, Liz Truss assured Friday that she had a bold project that will grow the economy, repeating his promise to lower taxes and reduce bureaucracy.

Rishi Sunak said he knows what to do to overcome the difficult period ahead.

Seasoned politician who has been holding ministerial posts for Ten-year-old Liz Truss won over the rank and file by promising massive tax cuts and taking a very hard line against unions.

This has earned her comparisons to conservatism icon Margaret Thatcher, though her rival is working to dispute her legacy by championing fiscal prudence.

< p class="e-p">Rishi Sunak, the grandson of Indian immigrants who would become the country's first non-white prime minister if he were to surprise, has struggled to shed his image as a wealthy technocrat, a lecturer and a traitor who precipitated the fall of Boris Johnson by slamming the door of the government in early July.

Rishi Sunak, candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party

The latter remains regretted by a party members – more male, older and white than the average Briton – called to vote. Their exact number will not be revealed until Monday, but it is estimated to be less than 200,000, or 0.3% of the British population.

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson will hand in his resignation to Elizabeth II at her summer residence in Balmoral, Scotland, a first for the 96-year-old sovereign who has difficulty moving around and will not make the trip to London. /p>

His successor will follow to become the 15th head of government in the monarch's 70-year reign, before returning to London to deliver his maiden speech outside 10 Downing Street, forming his government and face opposition leader Keir Starmer for the first time in Parliament on Wednesday.

The pressure will be considerable to act quickly. The cost of living crisis has taken a dramatic turn, with the announcement of an 80% rise in household energy bills in October which could carry inflation, already more than 10%, up to 22% according to the most alarmist forecasts.

From transportation and postal workers to stevedores and lawyers, the strikes continue to spread.

Remained vague for the campaign on its intentions, Liz Truss promised immediate support for households in difficulty, without announcing concrete measures.

Boris Johnson, he was conspicuous by his absence during the x27; summer, going on vacation to Slovenia and then to Greece. He has refused to rule out a return to politics and his presence looks cumbersome.

Thursday, he pledged his full support to whoever replaces him: And for the rest, life goes on.

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