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Kemi Badenoch wins in 2024 UK election despite Conservatives landslide loss

Kemi Badenoch wins in 2024 UK election despite Conservatives landslide loss

Inspite of the landslide defeat suffered by the Conservative Party in United Kingdom, the Business and Trade Secretary, Kemi Badenoch, has been declared winner of the North West Essex legislative election.

The Business and Trade Secretary was fighting for re-election in the redrawn North West Essex seat.

Badenoch was declared winner of the poll on Friday after receiving 19,360 votes to Labour candidate, Issy Waite’s 16,750 during the exercise.

It comes after Badenoch, who had a 27,594 majority in 2019, did not rule out a tilt for the Tory leadership earlier this month.

The senior Conservative, widely seen as a frontrunner to replace Rishi Sunak, previously insisted that leadership things would be discussed after the election.

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Badenoch was asked about her own intentions at a debate hosted by the Institute of Directors and Bloomberg.

She said there was “no better job than Business and Trade Secretary, which is a lot easier and a lot less pressured than being prime minister”.

Badenoch, who ran for the party leadership in 2022, continued: “The fact of the matter is, I stood and I lost. And what terrifies me now is not becoming leader, it is seeing Labour come in.”

“This is one of the things that I’ve found most difficult doing this job, that people tend not to know what it is, because I’m always asked the leadership question. We’re so interested in the personalities, in the gossip and so on…

“We need to focus on this election. The choice is going to be between us or between them. Be afraid if it is them, is all I would say. And we will talk about leadership things after an election, but not before.”