Conservative party will 'settle down' under Rishi Sunak says Atkins
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Rishi Sunak has been selected by Conservative MPs to succeed Liz Truss as the new Tory leader and Prime Minister of the UK. His appointment will follow a period of economic turmoil for the Government after the Conservative Party faced fierce backlash over Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget and the resulting economic fallout. Tory MP and supporter of Rishi Sunak’s leadership campaign Victoria Atkins, has declared the party has “turned a corner” and plans to “settle down” under the new Prime Minister to provide a greater sense of political stability for the country.
Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC, Ms Atkins said: “We all understand that we’ve now really got to get behind Rishi [Sunak].
“In fairness, that is exactly what the party has done.
“The range of endorsements and support that he has had from all corners of the party and the enormous reaction he got yesterday when the result was announced – I genuinely think that we have turned a corner.”
By the conclusion of the leadership contest on Monday, Rishi Sunak had achieved the public backing of 193 Conservative MPs, commanding the vast majority of the party’s support.
Ms Atkins continued: “We are going to settle down and this period of pretty difficult politics, I hope, will now come to an end and we will be able to focus on the job that frankly we all came into politics for.
“I came into politics to help people – for us to be a force for good – and we are now going to be able to do that with Rishi.”
Rishi Sunak had previously lost the summer leadership contest to his rival Liz Truss in the final round of voting among party members. Following her resignation last week, Sunak has made a dramatic return to the frontline of politics.
The new Prime Minister will be tasked with leading the country through a challenging period of economic repair after the mini-budget saw the pound crash and markets panic, generating a flood of public criticism.
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In his first speech to the nation as Conservative leader, Rishi Sunak called for “stability and unity”.
The incoming Prime Minister said: “I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together because that is the only way we will overcome the challenges we face and build a better and more prosperous future for our children and our grandchildren.”
Speaking of his support from across the Tory Party, the new leader said: “I am honoured and humbled to have the support of my parliamentary colleagues.”
He acknowledged his predecessor had faced “exceptionally difficult cirucmantaces” throughout her premiership and expressed there remained a “profound economic challenge” for the Government to overcome.
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Having previously served as Chancellor under Boris Johnson, many of Mr Sunak’s supporters highlighted his economic experience while advocating for his leadership.
Northern Ireland Minister Steve Baker, a notably vocal backer of Mr Sunak’s campaign, said: “We face huge challenges, but he has the skill and experience to bring the stability we need.”
Fellow supporter Steve Barclay reported: “Our country faces significant economic challenges and Rishi is best placed to address this.”
Prime Minister Sunak was able to achieve the post of Conservative leader without participating in any media interviews or producing a formal manifesto due to the accelerated nature of the contest.
Liz Truss held her final Cabinet meeting on Tuesday before travelling to Buckingham Palace where she formally tendered her resignation to King Charles.
Mr Sunak will then be formally appointed as Prime Minister and is expected to announce a Cabinet reshuffle shortly after.
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