Kemi Badenoch, a former British Member of Parliament (MP) with Nigerian ancestry, has been named to the final list of eight Conservative Party candidates to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Former UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak will challenge the former MP for the position of Prime Minister. Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, Tom Tugendhat, Nadhim Zahawi, Jeremy Hunt, and Suella Braverman are also on the shortlist.
According to Badenoch, her campaign is centred on free markets, limited government, and a strong nation-state.
Kemi Badenoch was a former UK Equalities Minister. She was born in London to Nigerian parents. However, she spent the majority of her childhood in the United States and Nigeria.
In an article published in “The Times” announcing her candidacy for Prime Minister, Badenoch called for change and stated that British citizens are tired of platitudes and empty rhetoric.
She joined the Conservative Party at the age of 25 in 2010. In the 2010 general election, she ran for the Dulwich and West Norwood constituency but finished in third place.
Badenoch was declared the new Assembly member in 2015, and she was re-elected to the Assembly in 2016. She was appointed Minister of State for Equalities but resigned on July 6 in protest of Boris Johnson’s handling of the Chris Pincher scandal.
Kemi Badenoch makes the final list of eight candidates to succeed Boris Johnson