Rishi Sunak has announced he is standing to be the next prime minister after Boris Johnson’s resignation yesterday.
The former chancellor resigned from his ministerial post on Tuesday evening, just moments after Sajid Javid quit as health secretary.
It came as Mr Johnson faced further questions about his handling of the row over disgraced MP Chris Pincher, which ultimately led to him agreeing to step aside on Thursday.
In his resignation letter to Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak said “the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously”, adding: “I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”
Announcing his bid, Mr Sunak posted on social media: “Let’s restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite the country.”
In a video uploaded alongside his tweet, the former chancellor said: “Family is everything to me. And my family gave me opportunities they could only dream of.
“But it was Britain, our country, that gave them and millions like them the chance of a better future.
“I want to lead this country in the right direction.
“I ran the toughest department in government during the toughest times when we faced the nightmare of COVID.
“My values are non-negotiable: patriotism, fairness, hard work.
“We’ve had enough of division.
“Politics at its best is a unifying endeavour and I have spent my career bringing people together. Because that is the only way to succeed.”
Numerous Conservative MPs were quick to endorse Mr Sunak as their preferred leadership candidate following his bid.
Conservative MP Mark Harper said the former chancellor has an “exciting vision for the future of the country”.
He posted on social media: “I’m backing Rishi Sunak to restore trust, rebuild the economy, reunite the country, win the next election.
“I’m #ReadyforRishi as he represents a return to traditional Conservative values and has an exciting vision for the future of our country.”