UK’s Sunak, Mordaunt in running to be next PM – Sky

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Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his home in London, Britain September 5, 2022. REUTERS/John Sibley

LONDON (Reuters) – Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt, two contenders in Britain’s previous leadership contest this year, are believed to be in the running to become the nation’s next prime minister following Liz Truss’s resignation on Thursday, Sky News reported.

Separately the Guardian’s political editor reported former minister Michael Gove was “ruled out” for the leadership.

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement at Downing Street in London, Britain, July 7, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

Former British prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to stand in the Conservative Party leadership contest to replace Liz Truss, who said earlier on Thursday she would resign, the Times reported.

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“He’s taking soundings but is said to believe it is a matter of national interest,” Times Political Editor Steven Swinford said on Twitter.

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