Sunak announces bid to become British PM as Tory MPs’ vote looms

British Conservative Rishi Sunak announces he is running for prime minister, just weeks after failing in a first attempt and setting up a potentially bruising battle with his former boss Boris Johnson.

Ex-finance minister Sunak says he has a “track record of delivery” as he vows to lead Britain out of a period of “profound economic crisis,” which experts say has been worsened by the aborted policies of outgoing leader Liz Truss.

“I want to fix our economy, unite our party and deliver for our country,” he says in a short statement posted on Twitter confirming his widely expected candidacy.

The no-frills announcement contrasts with his last failed bid to be Tory leader, when he faced criticism for a slickly produced video launched just days after he had helped depose ex-prime minister Johnson by resigning in July.

Sunak is the second Conservative MP to declare a run at the top job after cabinet member Penny Mordaunt launched her campaign on Friday.

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