The race for Britain’s next Prime Minister is down to 3 contenders, as fast-rising former Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch drops out.
She exited the race after polling the fewest votes (59) in the fourth round of voting on Tuesday. She had survived the previous elimination that saw influential lawmaker Tom Tugendhat exit on Monday. The remaining 3 contenders will now work to win over Badenoch’s supporters ahead of the final round of voting to choose the two finalists, who will bid for the votes of 180,000 Conservative Party members across the country. The winner is scheduled to be announced on September 5 and will become the leader of the party and Prime Minister.
How do the others stand?
Former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak remains in the lead as number 10 Downing street appears on the horizon. In the latest voting yesterday, Sunak had 118 votes, just two short of the 120 that would have guaranteed his place as one of the two finalists. Again in second place, Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt received 92 votes, and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss secured 86 votes to join in the contest for the final two.