Rishi Sunak calls for stability and unity as he wins contest to be PM

Rishi Sunak calls for stability and unity as he wins contest to be PM

Rishi Sunak has issued a plea for unity in the face of a “profound economic challenge” after winning the race to be the next prime minister.

He won the Tory leadership contest after rival Penny Mordaunt failed to secure enough backing from MPs.

In his first speech, Mr Sunak said bringing his party and the UK together would be his “utmost priority”.

Mr Sunak will become the UK’s first British Asian prime minister and the youngest for more than 200 years.

Mr Sunak – a 42-year-old practising Hindu – is expected to take office on Tuesday after being formally appointed by the King.

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