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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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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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