Highlights: John Glen appointed chief secretary to UK Treasury

Updated on Oct 26, 2022 01:11 AM IST

Rishi Sunak won the race to become Britain's first prime minister of colour after getting the support of more than half of Conservative MPs on Monday.

A photograph of Number 10 Downing Street, in London.
A photograph of Number 10 Downing Street, in London. (Reuters)

British leader of Indian-origin Rishi Sunak won the Conservative Party leadership race to become the next United Kingdom's prime minister following incumbent premier Liz Truss's resignation on Thursday. Britain's King Charles III on Tuesday appointed Sunak and formally anointed him as the country's new Prime Minister.

Sunak became the first PM of colour in Britain and won the support of more than half of the Conservative MPs after his challenger Penny Mordaunt pulled out of the race. 

Former British PM Boris Johnson was expected to announce his candidacy but he also pulled out of race after reportedly failing to get at least 100 backers, the threshold required to make it on to the ballot. Johnson, however, claimed that he had the required support but decided not to run as "this would simply not be the right thing to do." Sunak's appointment came as several prominent Tory MPs visited his campaign headquarters on Monday. 

With taking charge, Sunak will immediately have to take measures to grapple with UK's dwindling economy which Truss failed to manage. Her economic programme snowballed the crisis, swirling the country into further chaos which even triggered public demands to oust her. 

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  • Oct 26, 2022 12:35 AM IST

    John Glen appointed chief secretary to UK Treasury

    John Glen was appointed as chief secretary to the Treasury on Tuesday, replacing Edward Argar.

  • Oct 25, 2022 11:47 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 10:24 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 09:55 PM IST

    Indian-origin Suella Braverman back as home secretary in Sunak’s cabinet

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  • Oct 25, 2022 09:13 PM IST

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    Britain's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak retains Ben Wallace as defence secretary.

  • Oct 25, 2022 08:56 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 08:48 PM IST

    Rishi Sunak appoints Dominic Raab as deputy PM

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  • Oct 25, 2022 08:30 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 07:45 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 07:44 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 07:42 PM IST

    Simon Clarke resigns as Levelling-Up Secretary

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    He tweeted: "It has been a great privilege to serve as Secretary of State for [the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities], working alongside some terrific people to level up our communities, just as it was before that as Chief Secretary of HM Treasury.

    "It has only been while holding these positions that I’ve come to appreciate the full weight of responsibility that ministers bear, and we are deeply fortunate to be supported in this by our civil servants and special advisers (and never forget them on days like today)."

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  • Oct 25, 2022 05:53 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 05:48 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 05:23 PM IST

    Former UK PM Boris Johnson congratulates Rishi Sunak

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  • Oct 25, 2022 04:34 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 04:30 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 04:25 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 04:18 PM IST

    Rishi Sunak leaves Buckingham Palace

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  • Oct 25, 2022 04:10 PM IST

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    Rishi Sunak has been appointed as Britain's PM by King Charles III.

  • Oct 25, 2022 03:52 PM IST

    Rishi Sunak arrives at Buckingham Palace to meet King Charles III

    Rishi Sunak arrives at Buckingham Palace to meet King Charles III to be anointed Britain's Prime Minister.

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  • Oct 25, 2022 03:06 PM IST

    Liz Truss wishes Rishi Sunak 'all the success'

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  • Oct 25, 2022 02:02 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 01:25 PM IST

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    Rishi Sunak becoming UK's Prime Minister is "our Barack Obama moment," said the leader of a Hindu temple that was set up by the Indian-origin leader's grandfather.

  • Oct 25, 2022 01:02 PM IST

    India, Pakistan on cusp of history to share pride as Sunak set to be first non-White British PM

    With Rishi Sunak all set to be the first non-White Prime Minister of Britain, arch-rivals India and Pakistan are on the cusp of history to share a pride, though none of them played a role in it.

  • Oct 25, 2022 12:23 PM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 12:01 PM IST

    Internet congratulates Ashish Nehra instead of Rishi Sunak for becoming UK PM

    A meme fest was sparked on social media, soon after United Kingdom's Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak became the first Indian-descent prime minister of the Britain on Monday.

  • Oct 25, 2022 11:44 AM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 11:30 AM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 11:09 AM IST

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  • Oct 25, 2022 10:59 AM IST

    Rishi Sunak's message to Tory MPs before he meets King Charles III|

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  • Oct 25, 2022 10:55 AM IST

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    Sunak's wife Akshata Murthy is an Indian citizen, with a stake of 0.93% in Infosys valued at about $721 million, and the couple's wealth has been a divisive issue for the British public…read more.

  • Oct 25, 2022 10:44 AM IST

    Markets breathe sigh of relief as Rishi Sunak set to take charge as PM

    United Kingdom government bonds rallied as Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is set to become the prime minster, replacing Liz Truss, who resigned on Thursday after her tax-cutting economic package sent shockwaves in the financial markets…read more.

  • Oct 25, 2022 10:29 AM IST

    Truss to chair final cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street before submitting formal resignation to King

    Outgoing Prime Minister Liz Truss will chair her final Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday morning before formally submitting her resignation to King Charles III at Buckingham Palace. On Monday, she extended her full support to Sunak after he won the leadership race to become the country's next leader.

  • Oct 25, 2022 10:21 AM IST

    Narayana Murthy congratulates son-in-law Rishi Sunak on big win: ‘We are proud’

    Infosys co- founder Narayana Murthy - responding to son-in-law Rishi Sunak’s appointment as Britain's Prime Minister - has wished him success on the new feat…read more.

  • Oct 25, 2022 10:16 AM IST

    Biden on Rishi Sunak becoming the next UK PM: 'Groundbreaking milestone'

    United States President Joe Biden on Monday hailed Rishi Sunak as the next prime minister of the UK and called his win a “ground-breaking milestone”.

  • Oct 25, 2022 10:10 AM IST

    Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma congratulates Rishi Sunak on ‘historic’ feat

  • Oct 25, 2022 09:21 AM IST

    Rishi Sunak to take charge as PM after meeting Britain's King

    Rishi Sunak, 42 will take charge as Britain’s first Indian-origin Prime Minister after meeting with King Charles III on Tuesday, a day after he was elected the new leader of the Conservative Party.

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