Benny Mordaunt enters the race to succeed Terrace and strengthens the possibility of Johnson’s return to power

Parliamentary Relations Minister Penny Mordaunt today announced her candidacy to succeed resigned Prime Minister Liz Terrace, as the hypothesis of Boris Johnson’s return to power strengthened, with growing support within the ruling Conservative Party .

Mordaunt is the first to officially announce his candidacy for the post, after the majority party was forced to hold its second internal vote in weeks to choose a new leader for itself and the country.

Mordaunt, who failed to make it to the second round of the previous vote to choose Johnson’s successor, said her candidacy was aimed at achieving “a new start, a united party and leadership in the national interest”.
Terrace announced her resignation on Thursday after just 44 days of taking office.

According to “Frans”, a poll conducted by YouGov showed that 79 percent of Britons believe she is right to resign, while 64 percent described her as a “bad” prime minister.
The poll also revealed that three out of five voters want early general elections, echoing anger from opposition parties at a time when citizens are struggling with the worsening cost of living crisis.

Labor and other parties see only elections that could end months of political chaos that began with Johnson’s resignation in July after a personal and political scandal.
Truss won the vote to succeed him with the support of just over 80,000 Conservative Party members, ahead of Rishi Sunak, who rightly warned that her tough program of tax cuts and increased debt would undermine the economy.

The former finance minister has re-emerged as a candidate with the strongest chances of taking the job, according to polls within the ruling party.
But Johnson is reported to have cut short his Caribbean holiday to take part in the race which will see Conservative Party MPs vote on Monday ahead of a possible online vote for party members next week.

– hard times –

Pro-Johnson trade secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg was the first official to back him publicly, saying on Twitter that “only Boris can win the next election”.
Johnson also received support from Foreign Secretary and MP Simon Clark.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, who is backed by a large number of party members, told reporters he had no intention of running and “at the moment I’m leaning towards Boris Johnson”.
Wallace saw the former prime minister as the only potential leader with electoral legitimacy in the UK, having led the Conservatives to a landslide victory over Labor in the 2019 general election.

But the minister added that “some questions that need to be answered” remain on Johnson about the multiple scandals that led to the announcement of an investigation that has not yet been launched in the House of Commons.
If Johnson is found guilty of lying to the House of Commons about the “party scandal” that took place at Cabinet House in defiance of the Covid containment measures, he could be expelled from Parliament or even expelled from it.

ITV News reported that the investigative committee had obtained compelling new evidence that will destroy Johnson’s chances of returning to power.
Scandals prompted Boris Johnson to resign as his popularity ratings plummeted, with one poll showing the most popular word voters used to describe him was “liar”.

Other Conservatives have also expressed strong disapproval at the prospect of his return, with veteran MP Roger Gale warning that Johnson could face a wave of resignations from members of parliament who refuse to serve under him.
Representative Crispin Blunt told the BBC that Johnson was a “fantastic communicator” but that Sunak was a “much more serious figure” who could send a “serious message” to the country.
And Jesse Norman, the State Department secretary of state, said re-electing Johnson would be “a very disastrous decision.”

– ‘Long Series’ –

While Sunak and Johnson have yet to officially announce their candidacies, they are widely expected to join the race alongside Mordaunt.
The contestants have until 14:00 (13:00 GMT) on Monday to submit at least 100 recommendations from their fellow Conservative MPs.
This means a maximum of three candidates will emerge, as the party has 357 MPs in the House of Commons.

If necessary, MPs can vote on preferred candidates, and conduct another “indicative” vote to tell party members their preferred candidate.
If no candidate gets a significant margin, members of the Conservative Party will have their say in an online vote and the result will be announced next Friday.

According to the political website “Guido Fawkes”, which publishes updated data on declared support for Conservative Party MPs, Sunak has the support of 73 MPs, Johnson with the support of 61, and Mordaunt with the support of 21 today.
Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer said Britain “cannot take another test” after Ters’ disastrous exit.
“This is not just a long march in the leadership of the Conservative Party – it is doing great damage to the reputation of our country,” he added.

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