Rishi Sunak: 10 Things to Know About UK’s New Prime Minister

Rishi Sunak: 10 Things to Know About UK’s New Prime Minister (News Central TV)

The new British Prime Minister is Rishi Sunak, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer who has led the Conservative Party since October 2022.

This took place not long after Penny Mordaunt withdrew from the contest, following in the footsteps of Boris Johnson.

Recently, Mordaunt withdrew her name from consideration since she was unable to secure the required 100 MPs before the nomination period expired at 2pm British Time.

Boris Johnson, who was also running, withdrew on Sunday after failing to secure the necessary number of votes.

Liz Truss will formally relinquish her position as prime minister to Sunak, most likely on Tuesday, when Truss will have served 50 days in office.

Liz Truss

Sunak has consistently been a candidate for the position. Recall that in the leadership matchup versus Truss in the summer, the former Chancellor finished second. It is hardly surprising that, as of Monday morning, he has the support of more over half of the British parliament.

Below are ten things to know about Sunak:

1. Rishi Sunak is a British politician who has been Leader of the Conservative Party since 24 October 2022. 

2.Sunak was born in Southampton to parents of Punjabi Indian descent who migrated to Britain from East Africa in the 1960s.

3.He was educated at Winchester College, read philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Lincoln College, Oxford, and gained an MBA from Stanford University in California as a Fulbright Scholar.

4.Rishi Sunak is currently 42 years old.

5.He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2020 to 2022 and Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2019 to 2020.

6.Sunak is a Hindu, and took his oath as an MP at the House of Commons on the Bhagavad Gita.

7.He is married to Akshata Narayan Murty, a British-based Indian fashion designer. She is the daughter of N. R. Narayana Murthy, a founder of the Indian multi-national IT company Infosys, and Sudha Murty.

8.He has been the Member of Parliament for Richmond since 2015. 

9..He has authored 3 books. These are A Portrait of Modern Britain (2014), A New ERA for Retail Bonds: How Our Savings Could Help SMEs Grow (2017), and The Free Ports Opportunity: How Brexit Could Boost Trade, Manufacturing and the North (2018).

10. Sunak is a former banker, and his wife, Indian tech heiress Akshata Murty, have an estimated networth of about 730 million pounds.


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