Sunak “right person to lead the country” – says MP from Chichester

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Health Secretary Gillian Keegan says Rishi Sunak is the right person to become Prime Minister to deal with the “grave times” the country is facing.

The MP for Chichester said the former Chancellor’s experience in navigating the country through the pandemic and efforts to deal with the cost of living crisis made him the right man to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and country.

She said: “The British have common sense and tend to support the right person at the time – I think Rishi is that man.

“He has the experience, integrity and conviction to win the support of British voters.

“Rishi is our best chance to strengthen our economy and secure a Conservative victory in the next election.”

She also praised his “deep sense of duty” to the nation, adding, “We live in serious times and we need to be led by a serious person.”

Conservative Party members will choose between Mr Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to determine who will replace Boris Johnson as party leader and prime minister.

Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt did not make it into the final two of the leadership contest after securing less support from her fellow MPs than Mr Sunak and Ms Truss.

Ms Mordaunt trailed by just 105 votes from Conservative MPs, while Ms Truss secured 113 and Mr Sunak by 137 votes.

Ms Keegan, who has been rumored to be considering a bid for leadership herself, is among five Sussex Conservative MPs supporting Mr Sunak to become party leader and Prime Minister – including Health Secretary and Lewes MP Maria Caulfield, Bognor MP and Johnson critic Nick Gibb and Defense Secretary and Horsham MP Jeremy Quin.

Four MPs, including East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton and Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell, had backed Mrs Mordaunt in the competition, while no Tory MPs in the county expressed support for Mrs Truss’s bid for leadership brought.

In a not-so-subtle attack on Liz Truss, who has vowed to cut taxes should she win the leadership race, Ms Keegan said: “This is not a time for free tax cuts and arbitrary spending commitments, this is a time of stability and sensible financial management – conservative basic values.”

Mr Sunak has promised tax cuts “in a responsible way” and only “after we get inflation under control”, committed to a “Manifesto for Women’s Rights” – including banning biological males from competing against women in sports and has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

In contrast, Ms Truss has promised to “start tax cuts from day one”, called for an increase in defense spending to 3% of GDP by 2030 and would scrap housing targets in favor of deregulation.

A new Conservative leader and Prime Minister will be announced on September 5th.

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