Rishi Sunak after Liz Truss defeated him in UK PM:One Family race

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Rishi Sunak, 42, shortly after his loss took to Twitter to thank everyone who voted for him.

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Rishi Sunak called on members of the Conservative Party on Monday to unite behind new British Prime Minister Liz Truss, minutes after her defeat in the leadership race to succeed Boris Johnson, to lead the country through difficult times .

Mr Sunak, 42, shortly after his defeat took to Twitter to thank everyone who voted for him.

“I’ve said all along that the Tories are one family. It’s just that we now unite behind new Prime Minister Liz Truss as she leads the country through tough times,” tweeted the former British Indian Chancellor.

Truss garnered 81,326 votes to Sunak’s 60,399 in an election with a high turnout of 82.6%, with 654 ballots rejected out of a total of 172,437 eligible Conservative voters.

Truss, 47, is Britain’s third female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

Also on Sunday, Mr Sunak said that if he lost the Conservative Party leadership race, his job would be to support the next government.

In his last interview with the BBC before the results were announced, Sunak said he planned to stay on as an MP and continue working for his constituents in Richmond, Yorkshire, if he was beaten by Truss in the race.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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