Rishi Sunak Steps Down as Conservative Leader Following Election Loss

The move by the British prime minister comes after the Conservatives suffered a crushing defeat to Labour in the general election

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced his resignation as the leader of the Conservative Party following his party’s disastrous performance in the general election on Thursday.

Sunak took to X (formerly Twitter) on Friday, writing: “This is a difficult day, but I leave this job honored to have been prime minister of the best country in the world.

“I have given this job my all. But you have sent a clear message, and yours is the only judgment that matters,” he said, addressing Conservative Party members.

Moments after posting the message, Sunak delivered a speech outside 10 Downing Street, clarifying that he will remain as the Tory leader until his successor is selected.

“I would like to say, first and foremost, I am sorry. I have given this job my all. I have heard your anger, your disappointment, and I take responsibility for this loss,” he said.