LONDON (Reuters) – British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wants to become the United Kingdom’s new prime minister. He told the British newspaper The Sunday Times that he would run for leadership of the Conservative Party after the resignation of Boris Johnson.
Shapps wants to focus on the recovery of the economy. For example, he wants to tackle the effects of inflation and the energy crisis by cutting taxes on low incomes and offering state aid to energy-intensive businesses. In any case, Shapps will not call a new national election if he is elected by his party.
Because Johnson has resigned as Conservative Party leader, the party must search for a new leader. He automatically becomes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Shapps is the fifth governor to serve as the new prime minister. The outgoing Finance Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Friday that he is heading to do so. British newspapers question Sunak’s quick campaign. He is said to have registered his campaign website in December.
Others who have confirmed they will run for leadership include Tom Tugendhat, Soyla Braverman and Kimi Badenoch. One of the candidates, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, said on Saturday that he did not want to become prime minister. He wants to focus on his current job. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab is also not running for elections.
Sky News reported that Sinak’s successor, Nazim al-Zahawi, will announce on Monday his candidacy for prime minister. Furthermore, the names of Liz Truss, Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid are still frequently mentioned as potential candidates. According to British media, the new party leader will be elected in September.
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