Rishi Sunak, might pip Boris Johnson to become the UK PM, and that’s what the bookers say. The Indian-origin Chancellor of the Exchequer, is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed to be the Prime Minister of Britain.
The bets are big, and odds on Rishi Sunak are 9/4, according to Oddschecker, a comparison site compiling prices from leading British bookmakers.
Liz Truss, the present Foreign Secretary, is second favourite at 22/5. The others in the running as per the betting opportunities are senior backbench MP and former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who put up a good fight against Johnson in the Conservative party leadership contest in 2019. He is quoted at 11/1.
Rishi Sunak is UK Bookies Favorite to win Next Prime Minister Post
Sunak and Truss have been neck-and-neck for a while in public opinion surveys. On Wednesday, Johnson tendered a conditional apology (because he apologised for the function, but not for his presence at it or for its illegality under prevailing legislation) in the House of Commons for his office holding a drinks party at his 10 Downing Street garden during the height of the Covid-19 lockdown in May 2020.
However, the Chancellor was conspicuously absent from Parliament.
Political commentators saw this as Sunak distancing himself from Johnson. Sunak is of East African Punjabi origin.
Who is Rishi Sunak?
According to his blog he reveals, Rishi Sunak grew up watching his parents serve our local community with dedication. His dad was an NHS family GP and his mum ran her own local chemist shop. He wanted to make that same positive difference to people as their Member of Parliament and he was first elected to represent this wonderful constituency in 2015 and re-elected in 2017 and 2019. He lives in Kirby Sigston, just outside Northallerton.
He says he has been fortunate to enjoy a successful business career. He co-founded a large investment firm, working with companies from Silicon Valley to Bangalore. Then he used that experience to help small and entrepreneurial British companies grow successfully. From working in his mum’s tiny chemist shop to his experience building large businesses, he have seen first-hand how politicians should support free enterprise and innovation to ensure our future prosperity.
His parents sacrificed a great deal so he could attend good schools. He was lucky to study at Winchester College, Oxford University and Stanford University. That experience changed his life and as a result he am passionate about ensuring everybody has access to a great education. He has been a school governor, a board member of a large youth club, and have always volunteered my time to education programmes that spread opportunity.
He goes on, he has been lucky to live, study and work internationally. He met his wife, Akshata, in California where they lived for a number of years before returning home. They have two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka, who keep them busy and entertained.
In July 2019 he was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury, having entered Government service as the Minister for Local Government in January 2018. In February 2020, he had the honour to be appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer.