Majority party MPs say yes to Rishi Sunak for UK PM post. It's a vindication
Rishi Sunak: Reaching this mark is symbolically important for Rishi Sunak.
More than half of Tory MPs have publicly backed Rishi Sunak to be Britain's next prime minister, UK media reports suggest. With this the former chancellor has 179 backers- the number needed for an absolute majority in the parliamentary party – just hours before the deadline for nominations.
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While his only rival in the race ex-cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt was way behind with only 26 backers. Former UK prime minister Boris Johnson who was expected to enter the race dropped out last night.
Reaching this mark is symbolically important for Rishi Sunak as he can assert that he has the backing of the Tory party in parliament as calls for a general election grow.
It is also crucial as Rishi Sunak lost to Liz Truss in the last leadership contest.
With this, Rishi Sunak could be announced as prime minister within hours if Penny Mordaunt is not able to get 100 backers among Tory MPs.