Former chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Friday that he would join the rally for the Conservative party leadership, after the resignation of Boris Johnson.
Sunak said: “Let’s restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite the country,” he said in a video for launching his campaign.
He initiated the video by recalling the history of his family: “Let me tell you a story. About a young woman, almost a lifetime ago, who boarded a plane armed with hope for a better life and the love of her family.
This young woman came to Britain, where she managed to find a job, but it took her nearly a year to save enough money for her husband and children to follow her."
Then, he mentioned the story of his parents, and their achievements: “One of those children was my mother, aged 15. My mum studied hard and got the qualifications to become a pharmacist. She met my dad, an NHS GP, and they settled in Southampton.
“Their story didn’t end there, but that is where my story began. The former chancellor said that the country faces “huge challenges”
The new candidate continued: “My family gave me opportunities they could only dream of. But it was Britain, our country, that gave them and millions like them the chance of a better future. I got into politics because I want everyone in this country to have those same opportunities, to be able to give their children a better future."
Sunak concluded the video by saying: “Our country faces huge challenges, the most serious for a generation. And the decisions we make today will decide whether the next generation of British people will also have the chance of a better future.”
On Thursday, Boris Johnson announced that he stepped down as UK Prime Minister after losing the support of the cabinet members and the majority of the Conservative lawmakers, however, he added that he would stay on in the position until choosing a new leader. In addition, he expressed his sadness for not being successful as he wished.