His withdrawal from the race for the leadership of the Conservatives was announced by Boris Johnson.
Its former prime minister Britain he had the public support of 59 Tory MPs, however to continue to claim the Conservative leadership and thus the British Prime Ministership he had to reach 100.
It is worth noting that Boris Johnson himself claimed that he had the support of the MPs required to run, but concluded that “that just wouldn’t be right”, as “you can’t govern effectively if you don’t have a united party in Parliament”.
According to the BBC, Boris Johnson claims he had the support of 102 MPs.
The development leaves the race wide open for Rishi Sunak, who leads the nominations among Tory MPs with 144 supporters. The other candidate, Penny Mordant, continues her campaign stating that she is undeterred by the prognoses that are not in her favor. “I’m in the race to win, I think it’s important for our party, we have a race, I’m very confident about the numbers,” he said.
According to the BBC, by 20.00 they had announced what they would vote for 227 of the 357 Conservative MPs.
Of these, 146 MPs had expressed their support for Sunak, 57 for Boris Johnson and just 24 for Penny Mordant.
Near-rivals in the race for Number 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson and Richie Sunak, met last Saturday night, according to media reports including the BBC and the Sunday Times.
As noted, their meeting lasted about three hours but the former failed to convince his former finance minister to put up a joint candidacy.
In his statement, in which he describes the reasons that led him to this decision, he writes: “Tonight I can confirm that I have passed the very high barrier of 102 signatures, including one rapporteur and one supporter, and I could put forward my candidacy tomorrow ».
“There is a very good chance that I will succeed in the election with members of the Conservative Party – and that I could indeed be back in Downing Street on Friday.”
“But over the last few days I’ve sadly come to the conclusion that this just wouldn’t be the right thing to do. You can’t govern effectively if you don’t have a united party in parliament.”
The Sunak statement
Earlier, having secured the support of at least 140 MPs, former finance minister Rishi Sunak officially announced his candidacy for the prime ministership.
“The UK is a great country but we are facing a deep economic crisis. That is why I am standing for the leadership of the Conservative Party and to be your next Prime Minister. I want to fix our economy, unite our party and give the country what it needs,” he stressed.
The election process
Nominations are expected to close at noon on Monday, October 24. In order to run for office, one must have the support of at least 100 MPs.
After the nominations are announced, the MPs will start voting. The votes will be held on the same day (Monday, October 24) and through them the two strongest among the candidates will emerge, each with his percentage.
As mentioned in the relevant publications, there is a possibility that there is only one candidate. In such a case, the process is completed on Monday and that one is the new leader.
If, however, two candidates remain, then there will be an online vote among the thousands of members of the ruling Conservative party which will be completed before noon on Friday.
The name of the new leader will be announced later that day (Friday, October 28).