"I want to lead this country in the right direction."
Rishi Sunak has announced he is standing to be the next Conservative Party leader.
The former Chancellor resigned from his position on July 5, 2022, just moments after Sajid Javid quit as Health Secretary.
It came after Boris Johnson admitted that he knew about allegations of inappropriate behaviour by disgraced MP Chris Pincher in 2019 before hiring him as deputy chief whip in February 2022.
The Prime Minister ultimately agreed to resign.
In his resignation letter to Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak said “the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously”, adding: “I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning”.
Mr Sunak, who has been considered a potential successor, has now announced his bid.
He said the country faces “huge challenges”.
Mr Sunak posted a video on Twitter and wrote:
“I’m standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister.
“Let’s restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite the country.”
He added the hashtag #Ready4Rishi.
In the video, Rishi Sunak said: “Family is everything to me. And my family gave me opportunities they could only dream of.
“But it was Britain, our country, that gave them and millions like them the chance of a better future.
“I want to lead this country in the right direction.”
Mr Sunak also stated that his experience during the Covid-19 pandemic is a reason why he is fit to stand as Tory leader.
He continued: “I ran the toughest department in government during the toughest times when we faced the nightmare of Covid-19.
“My values are non-negotiable: patriotism, fairness, hard work.
“We’ve had enough of division.
“Politics at its best is a unifying endeavour and I have spent my career bringing people together.”
“Because that is the only way to succeed.”
I’m standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister.
Let’s restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite the country. #Ready4Rishi
— Ready For Rishi (@RishiSunak) July 8, 2022
In his video address, Mr Sunak added that the UK cannot tell itself “comforting fairy tales”.
He said: “Do we confront this moment with honesty, seriousness, and determination, or do we tell ourselves comforting fairy tales that might make us feel better in the moment but will leave our children worse off tomorrow?
“Someone has to grip this moment and make the right decisions.
“That’s why I’m standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister.”
Mr Sunak added that he would set out his vision in the “coming days and weeks”.