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Badenoch was born in Wimbledon, London, to parents of Nigerian origin. She spent part of her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, and the US. She has been a member of the UK Conservative Party since 2005 when she joined the party at the age of 25. She ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for the office of the constituent representative of Dulwich and West Norwood. In July 2019, Badenoch was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
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Badenoch has remained a popular figure within the Conservative Party and was nominated among seven others to replace Boris as prime minister. The commission in charge of organizing the leadership contest on Tuesday said that the eight candidates would compete to take over Johnson’s job as the UK Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. However, legislators including Sajid Javid and Rehman Chishti earlier indicated their intent to run for the position but rescinded before the final list of candidates was announced.
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Javid explained in a statement that “There is an abundance of both ideas and talent in our party. One of the candidates will be given the honour of becoming prime minister. “I look forward to seeing the debate unfold and to see colleagues working together as a united Conservative Party once the leadership election is concluded.” The first round of voting will be held on Wednesday. Should Kemi Badenoch emerge as UK’s Prime Minister, she would be the first black prime minister in UK’s history. Featured Image Source: Nairametrics
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