It’s official – Rishi Sunak is now the closest person to an Indian who has ever served as British Prime Minister, after his Conservative Party colleagues voted overwhelmingly in favor of 137 votes in the election. Last round today.
The 42-year-old former Prime Minister is not guaranteed a similarly easy ride as he faces a much tougher constituency of the Tory membership base, which has shown favoritism towards Mr. My opponent is Liz Truss in most recent surveys.
However, with another live televised debate scheduled on the BBC on Monday between the two finalists and a series of controversies being held up and down in the UK, there is time. for favorite MPs to try and repeat that result at the close of postal votes on 5 September.
“This leadership contest is not just about being the leader of our party, it’s about being our UK custodian,” Sunak said in one of a series of contests. discussions and interviews since he launched his leadership bid earlier this month.
He has strived to strike a balance between personal and professional, from launching his bid with the story of an Indian family who emigrated from East Africa in the 1960s.
“My mother studied hard to qualify to be a pharmacist. She met my father, an NHS [National Health Service] GP, and they settled in Southampton. Their story doesn’t end there, but that’s where mine begins,” he shared, referring to his GP father Yashvir and his mother Usha.
That personal story also recently expanded to an explicit mention of his feelings for his parents-in-law – Infosys co-founders Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murty – as he responded to the attacks on him. Akshata’s wife’s family fortune.
During a live televised debate, he said: “There was a commentary on my wife’s family wealth. So let me just mention that because I think it’s worth it. do, because I’m really proud of what my wife’s parents built.
“My father-in-law has absolutely no background, just a dream and a couple of hundred pounds that my mother-in-law saved for him, and with that he went on to build one of the biggest companies, which was the world’s most respected, most successful companies today employ thousands of people in the UK. As Prime Minister, I want to make sure that we can create more stories like theirs in this home,” Sunak said.
A devout Hindu, Sunak regularly visits the temple where he was born in Southampton and became the first Prime Minister to light the Diwali diyaas outside his office at 11 Downing Street in November 2020.
His daughters, Anoushka and Krishna, are also rooted in Indian culture and he recently shared how Anoushka performed Kuchipudi with his classmates during the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Tu. Westminster Institute last month.
But aside from the personal side, he faced attacks from opponents in the Prime Minister record until his resignation led to the departure of his former boss, the caretaker of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He has consistently focused on inflation rather than any winning tax cuts that promise to appeal to the traditionally low-tax Conservative base.
“I will reduce taxes in this Congress, but I will do so responsibly. I don’t cut taxes to win elections, I win elections to cut taxes,” he declared.
His independent proofs of working his way through a no-scholarship at one of the UK’s best schools, Winchester College, to Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford and later receiving an MBA from Stanford University as a Fulbright Scholar is seen as ticking all the right boxes for the country’s highest political office.
His private sector experience at Goldman Sachs and as a hedge fund manager seems to give him the aura of someone who can be trusted in the face of severe economic difficulties. .
His political career began with winning a Richmond secure Tory seat in Yorkshire in 2015 and from junior roles in the Treasury he was suddenly promoted to Exchequer Chancellor when his former boss His brother, Sajid Javid, resigned in February 2020.
He proved skeptics who feared his inexperience at the top would see him overwhelmed by his new boss, Boris Johnson, when he had credibly led the charge. economic response to the COVID pandemic.
His strong plan to protect jobs and some subsidies for struggling businesses has won him praise from all sides of the political spectrum. He was repeatedly touted as Johnson’s obvious heir as Tory’s next leader and Prime Minister, until that was defeated with some of the less popular tax hikes of the Torys. him after the pandemic and a fine for attending a birthday event for his ex-boss who broke the lockdown rules.
The former finance minister will hope his natural comfort in front of the camera, which has helped cement his lead in the race so far, will be replicated in races in the coming weeks. However, that road is unlikely to be smooth as he is about to campaign an estimated 160,000 Conservative Party voters by mail in his favor.