British politician Rishi Sunak of Indian origin has emerged as one of the front-runners for the position of UK Prime Minister to succeed Boris Johnson. Since 2015, Sunak has participated in the Richmond (Yorks) Conservative Party.
Rishi Sunak won the vote for leadership among Conservative MPs, but he still has difficulty winning over the party’s grassroots members.
So here is everything you need to know about the UK Prime Minister’s favorite candidate Rishi Sunak.
All about Indian Origin British PM candidate Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak was born to Indian parents Yashvir and Usha Sunak in Southampton, East Africa, on May 12, 1980. The Punjab region of British India is where his grandparents were born. In the 1960s, they moved to the UK from East Africa with their kids.
In 2001, Sunak attended Winchester College and enrolled in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program at Lincoln College in Oxford. The 42-year-old also completed his MBA at Stanford University in 2006 as a Fulbright Scholar.
In 2009, the Yorkshire MP wed Akshata Murty, a child of Infosys’s founder NR Narayan Murthy, and they had two children together.
Between 2001 and 2004, Sunak was an analyst for the Goldman Sachs financial institution.
In 2006, he joined the company as a partner and had previously worked for the hedge fund management organization The Children’s Investment Fund Management. 2010 saw him join Theleme Partners.
In addition, Sunak served as a director for Catamaran Ventures, a business owned by his father-in-law.
In October 2014, he was picked as the Conservative candidate for Richmond (Yorks). The same year, he served as the director of Policy Exchange’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Research Unit.
Similarly, with a majority of 36.2% of the vote, he was elected MP from the district in 2015.
He served on the Environmental, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committee from 2015 to 2017.
During the 2017 general elections, Sunak was successfully re-elected to his position. As a result, he held that position as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government from 2018 to 2019.
He joined the Privy Council in 2019 and was named Chief Secretary to the Treasury by Boris Johnson. However, in the general election of 2019, he was returned to office.
The Prime Ministerial race
The final two contenders in the contest to succeed Boris Johnson as the head of the Conservative Party and the next prime minister of the United Kingdom are former chancellor Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary, Liz Truss.
After dominating all previous ballots, Sunak maintained his support among Tory MPs and won the leadership election’s final round with 137 votes on July 20. Truss finished in second place with 113 votes.
Sunak, whose resignation from the cabinet on July 5 signaled the start of Boris Johnson’s government’s demise, asserted that he is “the only candidate” capable of defeating the Labour party in the upcoming general elections and that the economic measures he put in place as finance minister “helped get through this country through an incredibly difficult period over the last couple of years.”
Check out smallcelebrity.com for more exciting gossip and celebrity news