Sunak Resigns as PM after Conservative Defeat, Sparking Party Leadership Race

Rishi Sunak has resigned as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister after the party secured only 121 seats out of 650 in the recent United Kingdom parliamentary elections. This is considered a historic defeat, the party’s worst electoral performance to date.

Following the elections, Sunak apologized for the party’s performance, recognizing voter dissatisfaction, and congratulated Labour’s Keir Starmer for securing over 410 seats. He also stated that he will continue as a Member of the Parliament for the current parliamentary term.

With the position of Conservative Party leader available, a leadership race is impending, with figures like Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat seen as likely candidates. Other potential leaders include Suella Braverman, James Cleverly, Robert Jenrick, and Priti Patel, with a remote possibility of former Prime Minister Lord Cameron returning as a stabilizing force.