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UK Conservatives race to replace Boris Johnson

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The race is on for the Conservative party to replace Boris Johnson after he resigns as the UK’s Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson may have resigned as prime minister of the United Kingdom – but that doesn’t mean he steps out of the job immediately.

When Theresa May announced her resignation on May 24, 2019, she didn’t leave the post until Boris Johnson took over on July 24, two months later.

In his resignation speech, Boris Johnson said he would stay on until his successor takes over.


That process can take months.


This has got several Tory party elder statesmen and many current MPs concerned.

John Major, who was the UK prime minister himself between 1990 and 1997 wrote a letter saying it was “unwise, and may be unsustainable” for Johnson to stay in the top job for up to three months.

“In such a circumstance, the prime minister maintains the power of patronage and, of even greater concern, the power to make decisions which will affect the lives of those within all four nations of the United Kingdom and further afield,”

SIR JOHN MAJOR
UK Prime minister 1990 – 1997
SIR JOHN MAJOR WAS THE CONSERVATIVE PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM BETWEEN 1990 AND 1997

He suggested Dominic Raab, the deputy prime minister under Boris Johnson, should serve as interim.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

In the UK, however, there is no constitutional process for the deputy PM to take over automatically if the prime minister leaves office, despite what the title implies.


Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour party also publicly declared his position.

Starmer vowed a vote of no confidence if Boris Johnson doesn’t leave Number 10 promptly

Under Conservative party rules – when a Conservative prime minister resigns, a new party leader election is triggered.

Currently, any candidate that wants to have a chance at leadership needs the support of eight Conservative MPs to stand.

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Once all candidates have declared (and if there are more than two in the running) the party holds a series of votes until just two remain.

  • In the first round, candidates must get 5% of the votes to remain in contention. At the moment, 5% means 18 MPs.
  • In the second round, they must get 10% of the votes to stay in the game (meaning 36 MPs)
  • If there are any remaining rounds and more than two MPs still in the running, the candidate with the least amount of votes is eliminated until only two MPs are left

When only two choices remain, a postal vote to all members of the Conservative party across the nation vote for the next leader.

There is no clear frontrunner to replace Boris Johnson, so predicting outcomes is a gamble.

Any new prime minister would not be obliged to call a general election immediately.

Though constitutionally, the next general election in the United Kingdom must take place no later than January 2025.

Simon is a ticker NEWS corespondent in London. Simon started his career in his hometown of Sydney as a news video producer for NineMSN, then moved to the UK with Good Morning Britain on ITV, followed by a TV reporter for a local news service in Manchester in England’s north. Simon joins ticker News after several years in the London headquarters of ITN Productions as a news producer, and as an assistant news editor for ITV News.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

 

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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