Pound shop Tony Blair! Rishi Sunak savaged as Chancellor eyes replacing Boris in No 10

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Instead, they voted Liz Truss the firm winner when asked “who is your favourite candidate to take over?” The Foreign Secretary secured 45 percent (7,481) of the vote, well ahead of House of Commons speaker Jacob Rees-Mogg who secured just 13 percent (2,167) of the total.

Lying in third was the Chancellor with just nine percent (1,445) of the votes.

Cabinet minister Stephen Barclay remained a firm outsider after attracting just four percent (618) of the overall total.

And when asked if Mr Sunak – tipped as the hot favourite to replace Mr Johnson – should become the next Prime Minister – Express.co.uk gave an unequivocal answer.

A whopping 84 percent (14,698) said no.

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Meanwhile, a measly 11 percent (1,955) said yes and five percent (808) weren’t sure.

As well as voting, many readers shared their views in the comments section.

One raged: “If Johnson doesn’t resign this week – which he won’t, and the number of letters doesn’t reach 54 this week – which means tory MPs aren’t listening to either their core voters or their local party membership – then there will be a ‘split’ by many local parties from the national party – just like Scotland has ‘split’ from the national party.

“Councillors care about their seats as much as MPs do, and May 2022 is just around the corner.”

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Another reader said: “Rishi robbed the pensioners so another choice please.”

BobPage wrote: “George Galloway describes Sunak as a (very rich) pound shop Tony Blair. I feel this may be accurate.

“I haven’t seen anything to convince me to vote for the Tories led by Sunak, if anything the opposite.”

Manker said: “If fishy Rishi takes over I will definitely not vote Tory.”

Keith Goodall said: “Boris or Liz if they make the right call and ditch the EU.

“Most people back Brexit the problems will be sorted but they need to get on with it.

“Most (of the) noise is from the minority bashing every setback and talking down the achievements.”

The poll took place amid increasingly vocal calls for the Prime Minister to resign as fury over the Partygate scandal continues to snowball.

Mr Johnson has since apologised for attending one of the parties which was billed as a “bring your own booze” event.

In response, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has demanded Mr Johnson resign.

Fellow Tory MP William Wragg, the chair of the Commons’ Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, also described Mr Johnson’s position as “untenable”.

He said he feared the row was “simply going to be a continuing distraction to the good governance of the country”.

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