The frontrunners are in the running to replace Boris Johnson with more hopefuls expected to enter the ring at the weekend.

last night Rishi Sunak announced his bid on social mediapromising to “restore trust, rebuild the economy and unite the country.”

The former chancellor, who resigned in spectacular fashion on Tuesday night, sparking an avalanche of government resignations, was soon backed by a large number of Conservative MPs.

They included House of Commons leader Mark Spencer, who said Mr Sunak “is a leader who can bring the party together”, and former Conservative leader Oliver Dowden, who called the former chancellor “the best person to lead our country, and undoubtedly the best man to beat.” Work”.

Former cabinet minister Liam Fox said he was the only candidate with the “experience, integrity and vision” to lead the country through the economic challenges it now faces.

Announcing his intention to join the Conservative leadership race, Mr Sunak said the country was facing “enormous challenges”.

In a video uploaded alongside a tweet introducing himself as the party’s next leader, Mr Sunak said: “I want to lead this country in the right direction.”

He also highlighted his experience during the pandemic as an example of why he is fit for the job.

“I ran the toughest department in the government during the toughest times as we faced the nightmare of COVID,” he continued.

“My values ​​are non-negotiable: patriotism, justice, hard work.

“We have had enough of division.

“Politics at its best is a uniting activity, and I’ve spent my career bringing people together. Because that’s the only way to succeed.”

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Who will be the next prime minister?

Mr Sunak’s company website, www.ready4rishi.com, appears to have been originally registered under a slightly different name – www.readyforrishi.com – which redirects to the official page and was set up last December.

It turns out that a site with a slightly different name, www.readyforrishi.com, which redirects to the company’s official page, was created in December 2021.

On Thursday evening it was Tom Tugendhat the first MP to announce that he will run for office to replace Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership contest.

Tory MP Tom Tugendhat talks to Sky News' Deputy Political Editor Sam Coates about a potential leadership bid.
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Tom Tugendhat has already announced that he will put his name forward

Mr Tugendhat, chairman of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said it was “time for an update”.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Tugendhat said: “I have served before – in the army and now in Parliament. Now I hope to answer the call again as Prime Minister.”

Confirming her intention to run to The Times, former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch set out her plan to radically cut the size of the state and lead a “limited government focused on the essentials”.

Sky News understands that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is also considering a leadership bid – as is former Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

Dominic Raab, who acted as Prime Minister when Boris Johnson was struck down by COVID in spring 2020, will not run.

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Also absent will be former secretary Michael Gove and Matt Hancock, who left the government after flouting COVID rules during quarantine.

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Speaking before Mr. Johnson’s resignation, Attorney General Suella Braverman said she would put her name forward if a leadership contest arose.

Ardent Brexiteer Steve Baker also confirmed on Friday night that he would not run, despite considering doing so, and would instead support Ms Braverman.

“My priorities were to fulfill our manifesto with our mandate, cut taxes and leave the EU,” he wrote on social media.

“Thankfully, I no longer have to stand. Suella Braverman will set these priorities and more.”

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Ben Wallace is the favorite to succeed Mr Johnson as Tory leader and Prime Minister, having risen in the party’s popularity ratings in recent months.

The latest YouGov poll of Tory members shows the defense secretary is the clear favorite to be the next leader, ahead of all the main expected contenders, including Mr Sunak, Penny Mordaunt and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

However, the defense minister has yet to throw his hat into the ring.

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Sky News political correspondent Joe Pike understands Mr Wallace is discussing the matter with his family before deciding how to proceed.

Mr Sunak’s announcement led to bookmakers Ladbrokes making him their joint favorite to succeed Mr Johnson, along with Mr Wallace.

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to make a statement

Other bids are expected in the coming days, including Mr Sunak’s successor as chancellor, Nadhim Zahavi, and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

Following the 1922 executive committee election on Monday, the new body will schedule leadership elections.

Mr. Johnson said yes wants to stay at number 10 until the end of the competition.

Labor has confirmed it will launch a vote of no confidence in the government if Johnson refuses to go voluntarily.

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