Voting in UK Conservative leadership contest reaches final day

The final day of voting for the UK Conservative Party leadership election has begun, with results due to be announced on 5 September.

Either Foreign Secretary Liz Truss or former Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will be announced next week as the new party leader and UK Prime Minister.

Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his successor will break with tradition by going to Balmoral Castle in Scotland instead of Buckingham Palace to appoint a new prime minister.

The Queen, struggling with ongoing mobility problems, will officially announce her resignation when she welcomes Johnson at her home in Aberdeenshire on September 6.

This is followed by an audience with the new Tory leader, where he or she is invited to form a government.

“Immediate Support”

The new prime minister will have to go all out, both with rising energy prices, train strikes and the NHS winter crisis and looming recession, not to mention the conflict in Ukraine.

Snack and Truss made their final pitch to Conservative Party members at a leadership conference in London on August 31, with the debate dominated by rising costs of living.

Truss, widely known as the frontrunner in the election, argued that there would be no new taxes or energy rationing if she became prime minister.

“I also provide immediate support to help people avoid facing affordable fuel bills. I will be stubborn in my approach,” she said.

Sunak is trying to present himself as a candidate with a more realistic assessment of how to approach the economy, and tax cuts aren’t expected anytime soon if he becomes the leader.

He told the audience at his final rally that “nothing should be left out” about energy rations and that it would not be “moral” to leave struggling homes without extra help this winter. I’ve said it before.

election test

There are less than 1,000 days left until the general election to see who will be prime minister on September 6th.

The last possible date for the country to go to the polls is January 23, 2025. That’s just 870 days until the new prime minister’s term.

But they will face their first test at the ballot box even sooner. On 4 May 2023, England and Northern Ireland will hold local elections in just over eight months.

Especially since the election will run from Christmas 2024 to January 2025, the new Prime Minister may not want to wait until the last day when a general election can be held.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan