Wednesday marked the beginning of the final phase of the election campaign to succeed Boris Johnson as the leader of the Conservative Party and the new British Prime Minister, with the final hustings event scheduled for London. Rishi Sunak vowed to work “night and day” for the best country in the world.
In advance of the final campaign event scheduled for Wednesday night at a well-known concert venue in Wembley, Sunak, the first British Indian to seek for the top position at 10 Downing Street, reaffirmed his vision statement.
For one final time, the former chancellor will square off against his rival Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in an effort to win over any remaining Tory members who have not yet cast their votes before voting ends on Friday.
“Britain is the best country in the world to grow up in, start a family and build a business, and our future looks bright. But we can only get there if we tackle the challenges we face in the short term head-on with honesty and a credible plan,” Sunak made the assertion in a statement issued by his Ready4Rishi campaign group on Tuesday night.
The 42-year-old former finance minister, who has centred his campaign message on the necessity of controlling inflation and refuted claims made by the 47-year-old Truss that tax cuts are the solution to the cost-of-living crisis crippling the UK economy, made a last-ditch effort to make his consistent, transparent, and sincere vision clear.
The two main factors that appear to have worked against the UK-born Indian-origin MP for Richmond in Yorkshire are Truss’ tax-cutting pledge and Johnson’s fiercely loyal base of supporters, who believe Sunak is to blame for his early exit from Downing Street by resigning as the Chancellor in early July.
Sunak, though, has maintained throughout the campaign that he and his staff are optimistic and that he will fight to the last end for what he sees as the best course of action for the nation. The victor of the election to become the next Tory leader will give his or her first Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday after the outcome of the vote is made public on Monday.