KEMI BADENOCH is one of the candidates that bid to become the UK's Prime Minister following Boris Johnson's resignation.
Here is what you need to know about the Tory MP.
Who is Kemi Badenoch?
Kemi Badenoch – born on January 2, 1980 in Wimbledon – is the Conservative MP for Saffron Walden and the current equalities minister.
Born in Wimbledon to Nigerian parents, Badenoch spent much of her early childhood abroad before returning to the UK aged 16 to obtain her A Levels.
She went onto study at the University of Sussex, before taking up stints as a software engineer, systems analysts as well as a role as a director at both a bank and a magazine.
She only joined Parliament in 2017 when she was handed the safe seat of Saffron Walden in Essex – replacing the outgoing former deputy speaker Alan Hazlehurst.
She also serves in Rishi Sunak's team at the Treasury, has developed a burgeoning reputation amongst the grassroots for her war on “woke campaigners.”
Since coming into politics, she has been admitted into the famed 1922 Executive Committee and appointed into the parliamentary justice committee.
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Her influence was so telling that she was listed at Number 96 on Conservative political commentator Iain Dales '100 most influential on the Right 2017.'
Badenoch’s other roles have seen her become the Conservative Party's Vice Chair for Candidates and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.
In included her eyebrow raising comments last year when she criticised “certain people” calling for changes to the history curriculum in British schools in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Tory MP said that some campaigners wanted the history curriculum to be taught “in a way that suggests good people are black people” and “bad people are white people”.
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The equalities minister also came under scrutiny over her decision earlier this year to publish journalist Nadine White’s emails on social media in a stream of tweets, accusing her of “creepy and bizarre” behaviour.
Is Kemi Badenoch running for Prime Minister?
Badenoch launched her bid for Prime Minister with plans to axe pointless well-being jobs in government and ditch the net zero targets.
Badenoch has the backing of many as she said in Westminster: "Why are we spending millions on people whose jobs literally didn't exist a decade ago, like staff well-being coordinators in the public sector?
"What about the well-being of the actual public who can't go on holiday because we can't process a piece of paper?"
She aims to look into university degrees which leave students barely learning any life skills but with a student loan debt, which will probably never be paid.
She explained how it estimates to up to £11 billion a year and how she plans to "reduce the subsidy of low quality degrees."
Badenoch told The Sun: "As PM I'd open more good jobs to talented people, help young people avoid crippling debt, and save money from this reform and across the board."
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Is Kemi Badenoch married and does she have children?
Away from work, Kemi is married to Deutsche Bank employee Hamish Badenoch.
The couple have two daughters and a son.
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