Monday, December 05, 2022

Rishi Sunak’s campaign for UK PM’s post goes live on Twitter

Rishi Sunak, once one of the trusted ministers of former UK PM Boris Johnson, has quit his campaign for election as Britain’s next prime minister and leader of the Tories.

“I stand to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and to be your prime minister. Let’s restore confidence, rebuild the economy and reunite the country,” Sunak, son-in-law of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, tweeted with the hashtag ‘Ready4Rishi’.

The post features a nearly three-minute video that chronicles her life, starting with how her parents struggled to establish themselves, met each other, got married and how the UK “Given millions of people a chance for a better future”.

“Someone has to capture the moment and take the right decision. That’s why I stand to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and to be your prime minister.

The video has been shared and liked by nearly 10,000 Twitter users in 30 minutes.

Boris Johnson’s finance minister is one of the favorites to replace Johnson as the next prime minister. He first became MP from Richmond, Yorkshire in 2015, and has risen rapidly through the Conservative Party ranks in support of ‘Brexit’. He was one of Boris Johnson’s supporters during his ‘Leave the EU’ campaign.

Sunak made history in 2020 when he was appointed as the Chancellor of the Exchequer – Britain’s most important cabinet post. The minister gained popularity for his economic package to aid businesses and employees, as an unprecedented pandemic gripped the country and the world.

However, his huge popularity took a hit after the ‘Partygate’ scandal. Boris Johnson, his ministers and aides were caught violating COVID rules and organizing lockdown parties at government offices including 10 Downing Street. Sunak was also fined by the London Police.

The scandal proved to be the death knell for the political career of Boris Johnson, who soon found himself filled with resignation.

The resignations of Rishi Sunak and then Health Secretary Sajid Javid hurt Johnson the most. Both cited Johnson’s handling of ethical scandals, including a senior official’s case of sexual misconduct, as reasons for leaving his position.

Also read: | Who is Rishi Sunak, one of the favorites to replace Boris Johnson as British PM

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