Kemi Badenochhas made it to the final five for the conservative party tussle to succeedBoris Johnsonas Prime Minister.
She declared her candidacy for leadership on Twitter, writing;
“I have the conviction, the guts, and the clarity of thinking to achieve that change.”
The 42-year-old is competing againstTom Tugendhat, Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, the former chancellor Rishi Sunak, and the international trade minister.
Despite predictions that the“culture fighter”won’t become the next prime minister,Kemi Badenochhas received 49 votes andMichael Gove’ssupport.
In an interview with The Times,Kemi Badenochannounced her candidacy and stated her desire for a limited government and the need to“speak the truth.”
Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt, Tom Tugendhat, and Liz Truss, all former UK chancellors,will contest for the position of prime minister againstKemi Badenoch,whose beliefs are grounded in free markets, limited government, and a strong nation-state.
This follows the mass resignations of a number of his ministers and advisers last week after losing their support and even that of lawmakers, which led toBoris Johnson’sofficial resignation as the leader of theConservative partyon Thursday, July 7th, 2022.
Currently a member of parliament,Badenochpreviously held the positions of minister of state for equalities between 2021 and 2022, as well as minister of state for local government, faith and communities.
Femi and Feyi Adegoke, who are of Nigerian descent, areBadenoch’sparents and she was born in January 1980 in Wimbledon, London. She returned to the UK at the age of 16 after having spent part of her youth in the US and Lagos, Nigeria.
She earned her A Levels from Phoenix College, a former further education institution in Morden, London, while working at a McDonald’s location.
She earned her MEng in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Sussex in 2003. From 2003 to 2006, she worked as a software engineer at Logica. She earned her LLB in 2009 at Birkbeck, University of London, where she studied part-time.
She also worked as a systems analyst at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group before pursuing a career in consultancy and financial services while working as an associate director of private bank and wealth manager, Coutts & Co, from 2006 to 2013 and later as a digital director at The Spectator from 2015 to 2016.
In addition to having two girls and a son,Kemiis married to Deutsche Bank employeeHamish Badenoch.From 2014 to 2018,Kemi’shusband served as Wimbledon Village’s representative on the Merton London Borough Council as a Conservative councilor. He also ran in vain for Foyle for the Northern Ireland Conservatives in the general election of 2015.
Up until 2016,Badenochserved as a board member of the Charlton Triangle Homes housing association and as a school governor at the Jubilee Primary School and St. Thomas the Apostle College in Southwark.Femi, her father, died in February 2022.
At the age of 25,Kemi Badenochjoined the Conservative Party. She ran in the Dulwich and West Norwood constituency for the 2010 general election againstTessa Jowellof the Labour Party, finishing third.
She ran for the Conservatives in the London Assembly election two years later and finished fifth on the list for all of London. She was elected as the new Assembly Member in 2015 afterVictoria Borwickretired. In the 2016 election, she also kept her Assembly seat.
Badenochwas a finalist for the Conservative Party’s nomination in the 2017 election for the contested Hampstead and Kilburn seat, however she was not chosen. She was chosen as the Saffron Walden Conservative candidate, nevertheless.
In September 2017,Badenochwas selected to join the 1922 Executive Committee as she was appointed to the Parliamentary Justice Select Committee. A few months later, she was appointed as the Conservative Party’s Vice-Chair for Candidates.
In July 2019,Badenochwas appointed as Parliamentarian under Secretary of State for Children and Families byPrime Minister Boris Johnsonand in February 2020, she was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Minister for Equalities.
In September 2021,Badenochwas promoted to Minister of State for Equalities and appointed Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Department for International Trade in a government reshuffle.
in a joint statement withfellow Ministers Alex Burghart, Neil O’Brien, Lee Rowley and Julia Lopezon 6 July 2022,Badenochresigned from government, citingBoris Johnson’shandling of the Chris Pincher scandal.
Two days later she launched a bid to replaceJohnsonas Conservative party leader. She announced that she wanted to tell the truth and advocated a strong but limited government. She also called the target of net-zero carbon emissions ‘ill-thought through’ and said that politicians had become hooked on the idea of the state fixing the majority of problems.
By Mayowa Oladeji