The race to interchange Boris Johnson because the UK’s subsequent prime minister is hotting up.
Listed below are the candidates left within the Tory management contest following the second spherical of voting.
– Rishi Sunak
Bio: Born in Southampton in 1980, his father was a GP and his mom ran her personal pharmacy. He attended one of many high personal colleges within the nation, Winchester School, earlier than finding out PPE at Oxford. In parliament since 2015, he’s regarded as amongst one of many richest MPs within the Commons, he has had a fast rise to the higher tier of British politics – gaining nationwide recognition after being appointed Chancellor in February 2020, weeks earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Ministerial expertise: Chancellor of the Exchequer till July 5 when he give up in protest on the Prime Minister’s management.
What did he do earlier than politics? Hedge fund supervisor.
What does he say on tax? He has promised to get the tax burden down as soon as inflation is beneath management, saying “it’s a query of when, not if”, however warned rivals “it’s not credible to vow heaps extra spending and decrease taxes”.
What does he say on defence spending? He views the Nato goal of two% of GDP as a “flooring and never a ceiling” and notes it’s set to rise to 2.5% “over time” however refuses to set “arbitrary targets”.
What’s his place on identification politics? He has criticised “traits to erase ladies through the usage of clumsy, gender-neutral language”.
The place does he stand on the Rwanda asylum coverage? He helps the present Authorities coverage.
How did he vote within the 2016 Brexit referendum? Depart.
Constituency: Richmond (Yorks).
Votes within the first spherical of the management contest: 88.
Lowest odds: 6/4.
– Penny Mordaunt
Bio: A vibrant MP for Portsmouth North, Ms Mordaunt has represented the constituency since 2010. Born in Torquay, her mom died of breast most cancers when she was 15. After faculty, she did stints engaged on George W Bush’s presidential campaigns. She additionally appeared on actuality TV diving present Splash in 2014.
Ministerial expertise: At the moment commerce minister, has had Cupboard jobs within the defence and worldwide improvement briefs.
What did she do earlier than politics? She was a magician’s assistant whereas in faculty earlier than a profession in public relations.
What does she say about tax? She has pledged a 50% reduce in VAT on gas. However she insists she’s going to keep management of the general public funds.
What does she say on defence spending? She stands by the manifesto dedication to the Nato goal however would additionally create a civil defence power to complement the army.
The place does she stand on identification politics? She mentioned: “It was Margaret Thatcher who mentioned, ‘Each prime minister wants a Willie’. A girl like me doesn’t have one.”
The place does she stand on the Rwanda asylum coverage? She backs the present Authorities coverage: “I’ll crack down on the evil and barbaric smugglers that exploit susceptible folks to cross the channel illegally.”
How did she vote within the 2016 Brexit referendum? Depart.
Constituency: Portsmouth North.
Votes within the first spherical of the management contest: 67.
Lowest odds: 13/8.
– Liz Truss
Bio Born in Oxford, her father was a maths professor and her mom was a nurse. Each left-wing voters, they and her household moved to Paisley, close to Glasgow, when Truss was 4. As a baby she was introduced up on ani-Thatcher demonstrations, whereas she was additionally a Liberal Democrat for a quick interval in her youth. It was solely later that she grew to become fascinated by right-wing politics and the Conservative Social gathering. She is married to husband Hugh, who she met on the 1997 Conservative Social gathering convention and has two teenage daughters.
Ministerial expertise: Present International Secretary.
What did she do earlier than politics? Labored as an economist for Shell and Cable and Wi-fi and was then a deputy director for right-of-centre suppose tank Reform.
What does she say on tax? She has pledged to “begin reducing taxes from day one”, reversing April’s rise in nationwide insurance coverage and promising to maintain “company tax aggressive”.
The place does she stand on the Rwanda asylum coverage? Ms Truss backs the Rwanda coverage and mentioned she has labored carefully with the House Secretary on it.
How did she vote within the 2016 Brexit referendum? Stay.
Constituency: South West Norfolk.
Votes within the first spherical of the management contest: 50.
Lowest odds: 10/3.
– Kemi Badenoch
Bio: Born in Wimbledon to 2 docs, she lived within the US and Nigeria earlier than returning to the UK on the age of 16. She labored in McDonalds to place herself by two levels, one in engineering and one other in regulation. A former vice-chair of the Conservative Social gathering, she was elected to parliament in 2017 – rising by the ministerial ranks quickly over the previous few years.
Ministerial expertise: Resigned as equalities minister and a minister within the Levelling Up division on July 6.
What did she do earlier than politics? Educated as an engineer, grew to become an affiliate director at personal financial institution Coutts and held a senior position with the Spectator journal.
What does she say on tax? She is dedicated to decreasing company and private taxes however informed rivals: “I cannot enter right into a tax bidding struggle over ‘my tax cuts are larger than yours’.”
What does she say in regards to the net-zero goal? Has described the present coverage as “unilateral financial disarmament” that’s being pursued “with out thought” for industries within the poorer elements of the UK.
What’s her place on identification politics? A attainable indication: the gender impartial bogs on the venue for her marketing campaign launch had paper “males” and “women” indicators taped to the doorways.
The place does she stand on the Rwanda asylum coverage? She backs the Authorities coverage.
How did she vote within the 2016 Brexit referendum? Depart.
Constituency: Saffron Walden.
Votes within the first spherical of the management contest: 40.
Lowest odds: 10/1.
– Tom Tugendhat
Bio: He grew up in London and Sellindge, close to Ashford, earlier than finding out Theology at Bristol College. He studied for a grasp’s diploma in Islamics at Cambridge College, earlier than becoming a member of the military. An MP since 2015 for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling, he lives along with his spouse, Anissia, and two kids within the constituency.
Ministerial expertise: By no means held ministerial workplace however chairs the Commons International Affairs Committee.
What did he do earlier than politics? Served within the Military Intelligence Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan and was an adviser to the Chief of Defence Workers.
What does he say about tax? He would reduce 10p a litre off gas obligation and alter tax incentives to encourage enterprise funding.
What’s his place on defence spending? He would enhance it to three% of GDP saying nationwide safety should come earlier than “bean counters and spreadsheets”.
The place does he stand on the Rwanda asylum coverage? He has mentioned he would maintain the coverage: “The Rwanda answer isn’t one anybody would have initially chosen however the actuality is you can not have rewards for criminality and unlawful motion.”
How did he vote within the 2016 Brexit referendum? Stay.
Constituency: Tonbridge and Malling.
Votes within the first spherical of the management contest: 37.
Lowest odds: 16/1.