Rishi Sunak emerges Britain’s youngest Prime Minister in Modern times
Rishi Sunak officially took over as Britain’s 57th Prime Minister on Tuesday, vowing to fix the mistakes made by his predecessor, Liz Truss, and quickly starting to form a cabinet with an emphasis on continuity and stability.
In one of his most important appointments, Mr. Sunak selected Jeremy Hunt to remain as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr. Hunt assumed the role early this month in a bid by Ms. Truss to calm the market turmoil caused by her sweeping tax cut plan. He quickly reversed virtually all of her proposals.
Rishi Sunak became the youngest Prime Minister in modern British history on Tuesday at the age of 42. But the country is not unaccustomed to youthful leaders.
Tony Blair, a Labour leader, and David Cameron, a Conservative, both became Prime Minister at 43 — just slightly older than Mr. Sunak is now. Mr. Blair served as Britain’s leader from 1997 to 2007, and Mr. Cameron served from 2010 to 2016. Britain’s youngest ever prime minister remains William Pitt the Younger, who took office in 1783 at the age of 24 years old.