Boris Johnson touted as potential new NATO boss
Allies of the Prime Minister have suggested he could replace Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary General of the military alliance when, as expected, the Norwegian steps down in September next year, Daily Mail reported. The lure of the high-profile post might be attractive to the PM, but he would need to quit as an MP to take it. It comes as other supporters continue a grassroots campaign to allow him a chance to stay in No 10.
'Next UK Prime Minister will inherit a mess'
With just six weeks until Boris Johnson's walks through the famous black door of 10 Downing Street, the two remaining candidates are making a bad situation worse by rubbing acid into the wounds of a party so badly divided it could be forced to call an early election and hope for the best, CNN reported.
Boris Johnson wants 'anyone but Rishi' to replace him
Johnson, who announced last week that he will step down as party leader when his replacement is decided, has said he will not publicly endorse any candidate or get involved in the increasingly bitter leadership race, the Daily Mail reported. However, Johnson has reportedly made clear in private discussions with failed leadership hopefuls that Sunak should not be his successor, it said.
Sunak still on top in UK PM race, Suella Braverman out
Sunak, with 101 votes, maintained his lead over Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who got 83 votes. In the first round on Wednesday, he had got 88 votes, with Mordaunt in second place with 67 votes. In Thursday's vote, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss still remained third with 64 votes, Equalities and Levelling Up Secretary Kemi Badenoch got 49 votes, and backbench MP Tom Tugendhat got 32 votes.
Short, sharp slogans mark campaigns for UK premiership
In Britain, Boris Johnson, now ousted as Prime Minister, achieved runaway success with a simple slogan of 'GET BREXIT DONE'. This helped him sweep the 2019 general elections. He judged the public frustration about the delay in implementing the 2016 referendum verdict of British voters to leave the European Union correctly. And he kept his promise simple.
8 contenders in race to succeed Boris Johnson as UK PM
The eight contenders who successfully enlisted the required backing of at least 20 Conservative lawmakers are: Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak; Foreign Secretary Liz Truss; International Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt; backbench lawmaker Tom Tugendhat; Attorney General Suella Braverman; newly appointed Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi; former Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch; and former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Rishi Sunak bids to be UK's Prime Minister
He tweeted: "I'm standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your prime minister." He added: "Let's restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite the country." He also launched a website ready4rishi.com Sunak posted along with the tweet a three-minute video setting out his intentions. He said: "I got into politics because I want everyone in this country to have those same opportunities, to be able to give their children a better future."
Boris Johnson's waxwork appears outside job centre after his resignation
The waxwork version of Johnson with his hands on his hips, dressed in a suit with a powder-blue tie and his signature messy hair was placed outside a JobCentre Plus in the Lancashire town just hours after he announced his resignation on Thursday, reports the BBC.
Former UK PM John Major wants Boris Johnson dismissed as soon as possible
Major strongly feels it would be "unwise" to permit Johnson a three-month run as caretaker Prime Minister. "For the overall wellbeing of the country, Mr Johnson should not remain in Downing Street - when he is unable to command the confidence of the House of Commons - for any longer than necessary to effect the smooth transition of government," he wrote in a letter to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.
Rishi Sunak third favourite to succeed Johnson, but there's no sign he will run
Bowing to the inevitable after mass resignations across his government, including that of top Cabinet ministers, Johnson on Thursday announced he is stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party, but will remain the UK Prime Minister till his replacement is chosen. The BBC reported: "A YouGov poll of 716 Conservative party members placed Ben Wallace just ahead of Penny Mordaunt, who was followed by Rishi Sunak."