Lockdown Party Scandal: Could Boris Johnson Be Replaced By One Of These British Politicians?

With Boris Johnson in his most precarious position to date as British Prime Minister, speculation swirls over who could replace him as head of the Conservative Party and occupy Britain’s highest political office.

Rishi sunak

The UK’s first Hindu chancellor is the current bookmaker favorite to replace Johnson, having been appointed finance minister in 2020 after just five years in politics.

Sunak, 41, has been credited with taking bold action and putting in place a massive state-funded leave program to secure jobs affected by the coronavirus lockdown.

Sunak’s Pro-Brexit public speaking ability, smart appearance and elegant communication style contrast strongly with Johnson, earning him comparisons to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Sunak was conspicuously absent from the House of Commons during Johnson’s apology on Wednesday for attending a lockdown-breaking party in Downing Street, and took hours to express his support for his beleaguered boss.

Rich privately from his previous business career, Sunak’s grandparents were from Punjab in northern India and emigrated to the UK from East Africa in the 1960s.

Her stepfather is Indian tech billionaire Narayana Murthy.

Liz truss

Another favorite is Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, a free trade champion whose outspokenness and willingness to engage in cultural wars have made her popular among the conservative base.

Truss, 46, was given the role of top diplomat as a reward for his work as Minister for International Trade, securing a series of post-Brexit trade deals.

Some MPs called his former Department of International Trade (DIT) a “Department for Instagramming Truss” because of its prolific output on the social media site.

Truss, who opposed Brexit but later switched sides, grew up in Leeds, northern England, and previously worked for 10 years in the energy and telecommunications industries.

Michel gove

The former politically savvy journalist was a driving force behind Brexit and was an influential member of Johnson’s cabinet.

Gove, 56, was tasked in September with leading the Housing and Local Authorities Department, to implement Johnson’s agenda of ‘leveling out’ deprived areas of Britain.

He has run for the Tory leader twice, in 2016 and 2019, finishing third each time.

Jeremy hunt

Former Foreign and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, 55, lost to Johnson in the 2019 leadership race in which he presented himself as the ‘serious’ alternative.

Fluent in Japanese, he is the current chairman of the select health committee and has a “nice guy” image, although some consider him to be lacking in charisma.

Hunt was a contemporary of Johnson and former Prime Minister David Cameron at the University of Oxford, and had previously worked as a management consultant and English professor in Japan.

Sajid Javid

Health Secretary Sajid Javid, 52, is the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver who became a high-profile banker and ultimately Johnson’s finance minister before stepping down in 2020.

He spoke fondly of shaking hands with free market champion Margaret Thatcher when he was a young boy.

Javid voted in 2016 to stay in the European Union because of its economic benefits to trade, but then rallied to the Brexit cause and ended his leadership challenge to support Johnson.

Priti Patel

Home Secretary Priti Patel, 49, is Johnson’s most socially conservative of leading ministers, voting against the introduction of same-sex marriage, and was a strong supporter of Brexit.

Patel was born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family and has taken a tough stance on immigration while facing record numbers of migrants arriving in the country from across the Channel.

An avowed Thatcherite who had to push back against allegations that she intimidated public officials, Patel worked in public relations before entering politics.

Dominique raab

Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, 47, ruled the country when Johnson was in intensive care in hospital with Covid-19 in 2020.

The former lawyer and black belt in karate was seen as a reliable ally whose straightforward and pragmatic approach made him the ideal man in times of crisis.

His stint as foreign minister was seen as a demotion after he failed to cut short his vacation as Kabul fell to the Taliban in August.

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