Rishi Sunak has now been elected as the Conservative party leader following his victory in the party's leadership election. On the 25th of October, Rishi Sunak met King Charles III, where he was asked to form a government as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
I chose to support Rishi Sunak as I believe these serious times need a serious leader. In this time of uncertainty, I am confident that the new Prime Minster will provide the discipline required to stabilise the economy while also giving the markets confidence in our pursuit of a growth-oriented economy once again.
Calls for a General Election:
I am aware that there is a significant number of people calling for a general election to take place immediately in light of the resignation of the Rt Hon Liz Truss MP as Prime Minister.
The United Kingdom is a Parliamentary democracy, not a Presidential one. Following the General Election of December 2019, Members of Parliament of the governing party (the Conservative Party) were elected, such that there is a majority in the House of Commons. This remains the case. A change in the leader of the governing party does not trigger a general election – this has been the case under governments of successive political colours.
The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act 2022 provides that Parliament is automatically dissolved five years after it first meets (unless it is dissolved sooner), otherwise the timing is a matter of discretion for the incumbent Prime Minister (subject to re-established constitutional conventions).