- Rishi Sunak has become the new leader of the Conservative party in the UK after having more than half of the members of parliament (MPs) behind him
- The 45-year-old politician is considered one of the wealthiest in Westminster and will take over from Liz Truss, the outgoing prime minister of the UK
- Sunak, who is of Indian origin, has a number of unique records in his biography, which included his parents' migration from India to the UK decades before his birth
London, United Kingdom - The United Kingdom's Conservative Party voted Rishi Sunak as its new leader on Monday, October 24.
The Nation reported that Sunak would be named as the new prime minister of the British empire, the party announced.
Below are 18 major things you need to know about Rishi Sunak
- Rishi Sunak was Born in Southampton on May 12, 1980
- He is of Indian descent.
- His Indian parents migrated to Britain from East Africa in the 1960s.
- He is a member of the Conservative Party and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond (Yorks) since 2015.
- He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2020 to 2022 and Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2019 to 2020.
- Sunak attended Winchester College.
- He subsequently read philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Lincoln College, Oxford, and later gained an MBA from Stanford University in California as a Fulbright Scholar.
- While studying at Stanford, He met his wife Akshata Murty, the daughter of N. R. Narayana Murthy, the Indian billionaire businessman who founded Infosys.
- Sunak and his wife are the 222nd richest people in Britain with a combined fortune of £730m as of 2022.
- Sunak was elected to the House of Commons for Richmond in North Yorkshire at the 2015 general election, succeeding William Hague.
- Sunak supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum on EU membership.
- He was appointed to Theresa May’s second government as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government in the 2018 reshuffle.
- He voted three times in favour of May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement.
- After May resigned, Sunak supported Boris Johnson’s campaign to become Conservative leader.
- After Johnson was elected and appointed Prime Minister, he appointed Sunak as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
- Sunak replaced Sajid Javid as Chancellor of the Exchequer after his resignation in the February 2020 cabinet reshuffle.
- He resigned as chancellor on 5 July 2022, citing his economic policy differences with Johnson in his resignation letter.
- Sunak’s resignation, along with the resignation of Javid as Health Secretary, led to Johnson’s resignation amid a government crisis.
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Rishi Sunak becomes new prime minister of United Kingdom
Legit.ng earlier reported that Rishi Sunak has been elected as the new prime minister of the UK after gaining the support of over half of the MPs compared to his close rival, Penny Mordaunt.
Sunak is a 42-year-old British-Asian politician and one of the wealthiest in Westminster that will form a new government with King Charles.
The former chancellor will take over from Liz Truss and rescue the country from its economic downturn, pushing many people into poverty.