UK: Boris Johson urges allies to support ‘anyone but Rishi Sunak,’ reports say

Boris Johnson File Photo

Boris Johnson (File Photo)

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Amidst the race to become the UK’s next prime minister, Boris Johnson reportedly told allies to ‘support anyone but Rishi Sunak.’ Boris Johnson, who resigned as the leader of the Conservative Party earlier this month on July 7, has been reportedly asking allies not to support the former chancellor Rishi Sunak, who, in turn, is said to have been responsible for Johnson losing support amongst his own party members.

Notably, Johnson had earlier stated that he will not be endorsing any candidate for the post or intervene in any way in the contest. According to a source, Johnson seems to be keen on Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, who is also supported by his cabinet allies, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries, news agency PTI reported.

On the other hand, Former British finance minister Rishi Sunak won the most votes in the second round to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister, Reuters reported. Sunak gained 101 votes emerging as the winner of the latest voting round on Thursday. There are now five candidates left in the Tory leadership contest.

Earlier this week, Rishi Sunak landed in trouble after a two-decade-old clip with a controversial statement went viral on the internet. Rishi Sunak could be heard saying he ‘doesn’t have working-class friends’ in the seven-second long video.

“I have friends who are aristocrats, I have friends who are upper-class, I have friends who are, you know, working-class,” then 21 years old Rishi Sunak told a BBC documentary in 2001. “Well, not working-class,” he then amended his answer almost instantly.

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Rishi Sunak, 42, has served as the Finance Minister in the Boris Johnson cabinet. He became popular during the pandemic for crafting a massive package worth tens of billions of pounds to help businesses and workers. He is considered a joint-favourite alongside former Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt.