UK finance minister Sunak says he backs PM Johnson in confidence vote

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Millbank Studios after a media interview in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak said he backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's leadership ahead of a confidence vote later on Monday.

"From the vaccine rollout to our response to Russian aggression, the PM has shown the strong leadership our country needs," Sunak said on Twitter.

"I am backing him today and will continue to back him as we focus on growing the economy, tackling the cost of living and clearing the Covid backlogs."

Sunak has been seen as a potential future prime minister.

(Reporting by William Schomberg; Writing by William James)

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