Truss leads Sunak by 32 points


Boris Johnson resigned as leader of Britain’s Conservative party on 7 July, after dozens of ministers quit his scandal-hit government…reports Asian Lite News

Liz Truss led Rishi Sunak by 32 points in the latest survey of Tory members by the ConservativeHome website, suggesting she remains on track to win the race to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister.

Some 60% of the 961 Tory members polled by the influential website said they favored Truss to become the Conservative Party’s new leader, while just 28% backed Sunak, ConservativeHome said on Wednesday. The result is similar to the last ConservativeHome poll of Tory members on Aug. 4, when Truss also enjoyed a 32-point lead.

Truss has enjoyed large leads over Sunak in a succession of polls and surveys since the contest was narrowed down to two candidates last month. With Sunak showing little sign of making inroads, Truss is the hot favorite to become the party’s — and the country’s — next leader. The result is due on Sept. 5, with the winner taking over from Johnson the following day.

ConservativeHome found that just 9% of those surveyed remain undecided. Some 60% said they had already voted, while 40% haven’t. Although surveying Tory members is notoriously difficult, Conservative Home polls have previously produced similar results to YouGov polling.

Boris Johnson resigned as leader of Britain’s Conservative party on 7 July, after dozens of ministers quit his scandal-hit government.

The mass resignations came after accusations made by a senior former civil servant stating that Johnson’s office had given false information about past sexual harassment allegations against lawmaker Christopher Pincher.

In February this year, Johnson had appointed Pincher deputy chief whip, giving him responsibility for the well-being of other Conservative lawmakers

This paved the way for the selection of a new leader of the Tories (Conservative Party) and Britain’s Prime Minister.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who was the first one to resign citing ethical grounds and kick-started Johnson’s downfall along with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, threw their hats in the ring for the chair of British prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party just within few days of Johnson’s resignation.

The Conservative party leadership results are just a few weeks away but it looks like Liz Truss`s victory over Rishi Sunak is imminent. The result of the vote to decide who will replace Boris Johnson as the next British Prime Minister is due on September 5.

Successive polls showed how a significant number of Conservative party members who were polled back Liz Truss against Rishi Sunak.The Opinium research released last week said Liz Truss has gained as many as a 22-point lead over former chancellor Rishi Sunak in the race for becoming the next Prime Minister. Truss received 61 per cent of the vote for the next PM post while Sunak got only 39 per cent, the survey said.

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