UK: Rishi Sunak to Become Next PM

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The Facts

  • Rishi Sunak will become the UK's next Prime Minister, replacing Liz Truss who announced her resignation last Thursday. The former chancellor was elected unopposed, after former PM Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt pulled out of the race within the Conservative Party.

  • His election comes at a tumultuous time as Truss resigned over the economic fallout of her "mini-budget" after six weeks in office, and Johnson was forced out of office three months ago over a COVID scandal and links to disgraced MP Chris Pincher.

The Spin

Right narrative

The country is now in safe hands. Sunak has proved his capacity as Chancellor and will bring to the office of Prime Minister exactly what the UK needs: a moderate, competent, and cogent government. Tory MPs have made a wise decision by selecting a leader with political maturity, and the ability to learn and change. Sunak is the person to mend the economy and the reputation of the Conservative Party.

Left narrative

Generations of Conservative MPs have set the UK economy up for failure and brought the British political system to its knees. Since the Brexit referendum divided the nation in 2016, a succession of incompetent leaders plunged Westminster into chaos to the cost of the British people. Yet again, the Tories have elected a leader behind closed doors and, if Sunak fails to fulfill his pledges, there will be no way of holding him accountable.

Nerd narrative

There is a 30% chance that the Conservative Party will form the first government after the next UK general election, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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