Tories backbencher Tom Tagendat begins bidding to take over Boris Johnson as prime minister


Tom Tagendat, a Conservative member of the Backbench, who chairs the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee, threw his hat into the ring to take over Boris Johnson as leader and prime minister.

After Johnson announced his resignation as Tory leader on July 7, Tagendat was the first candidate to initiate a leadership bid, triggering a contest for top jobs among Conservatives.

A former soldier who has never worked for the government said he would provide the party with a “new start.”

In The Daily Telegraph, he said: “I bring new energy and ideas to the government and, finally, put together a broad coalition of colleagues who fill the division of Brexit that has dominated our recent history.”

“I used to serve in the army, and now in Congress. Now, as Prime Minister, I want to answer the phone again. It’s time for a clean start. It’s time to renew,” he added.

“Best chance for a new start”

Although he does not play the role of minister, Tugendhat has long been open to his leadership ambitions.

In an interview with Times Radio in January, when Boris Johnson’s position was already unstable as a result of a “partisan” scandal, Tajendat said becoming prime minister would be “a great privilege” to Congress. A colleague who didn’t understand why some of them were “shy” about wanting the best job.

“I don’t think you should be ashamed of wanting to serve your country,” he said.

The Daily Mail reported that the Tories, a centrist politician, supported Tagendat because it saw it as “the best chance to get a fresh start.”

Damian Green, the first Secretary of State under Theresa May and a de facto deputy prime minister, was an open supporter of Tagendat.

He told PA News Agency on July 7th: The convention supports the institutions we have in this country. “

China Hawk

As chairman of the Diplomatic Commission, Tugendhat is considered by some to be the Chinese hawk of the House of Commons.

In April 2020, he and Conservative Neil O’Brien established the Conservative Chinese Research Group. The group is calling for a more critical foreign policy from the British government towards the Chinese Communist Party, the role of Huawei in the UK’s 5G network, the Chinese administration’s COVID-19 information leak campaign, human rights violations, and He was critical of foreign policy. ..

In March 2021, Tagendat was one of five conservatives sanctioned by the Chinese administration for opposition to human rights violations against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China. It was a person.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan