King Charles III will return to London today as it has been revealed that Rishi Sunak will be the UK’s next Prime Minister.
The King will travel to London this afternoon, as planned, from the private royal estate of Sandringham, it is understood.
However, the King is unlikely to meet outgoing Prime Minister Liz Truss today, meaning he will not be able to accept her resignation or appoint his successor, Mr Sunak.
Mr Sunak, who failed to become Prime Minister after losing the last leadership race to Liz Truss seven weeks ago, was the only Tory MP to receive the backing of more than 100 of his fellow parliamentarians .
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Rishi Sunak in profile
The former chancellor was initially opposed by Boris Johnson, who pulled out of the leadership race over the weekend amid claims he had enough support from MPs to continue, and Penny Mordaunt, who n was unable to muster the 100 backers needed to continue the contest. .
Mr Sunak’s victory means the Tories are on their third prime minister since winning the 2019 general election under Mr Johnson.
Veteran Tory Sir Christopher Hope has joined Labor in demanding a new general election, arguing it is the only solution for the next leader now that the Conservative Party is ‘ungovernable’.
The MP for Christchurch in Dorset, which he last held with a majority of nearly 25,000 votes, said today: ‘The best way to get that respect is to win a mandate with the people, and that’s why I think a general election is basically the only answer, otherwise we’re just going to go from bad to worse.
“The party is ungovernable in the House of Commons and so we are going to have continued rebellions as we try to change policy etc. and so I have to say I am very pessimistic, I am very angry and I feel that Boris has once again been abandoned and undermined by our parliamentary colleagues.