As he addressed Tory MPs for the first time as party leader, Rishi Sunak warned them that they have “one last shot, so unite or die.”
After being named as Liz Truss’s successor, the former Chancellor was greeted warmly.
However, the new Tory leader’s meteoric rise to power has enraged some of his own party members, with at least one “fuming” after being denied a vote.
Samuel Jukes, a retail worker from Birmingham, claimed Mr Sunak “has no mandate”.
Mr Jukes, who joined the Tories in 2019 and was supporting Boris Johnson in the contest, said: “I’m fuming right now, we never voted for Rishi Sunak. I’m considering leaving, not decided yet but I see a lot of members are cancelling their memberships and I might be the same… Rishi has no mandate. Right now, I’m ashamed to be a Conservative member.”
Speaking to the 1922 backbench MPs committee, Mr Sunak ruled out calling a general election and urged the party to unite to defeat Labour.
He stated that his priority would be to address the global cost of living crisis and security threats.
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt said it was the “loudest and most positive” response to a Prime Minister since he became an MP in 1922.
“It was a really passionate speech by Rishi, and I think a large chunk, if not the entire parliamentary party, is now with him,” he said.
Mr Sunak said he was “humbled and honoured” to have been elected in a live televised statement following his meeting with Tory MPs.
He stated: “I am humbled and honoured to have my parliamentary colleagues’ support and to be elected leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party.
“It is the greatest privilege of my life, to be able to serve the party I love and give back to the country I owe so much to.”