May 30, 2024
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Boris Johnson: Tory’s possible PM candidate(s) emerge

After the prime minister resigned as Tory leader following a spectacular cabinet revolt, Tory MPs are jockeying for position in the contest to succeed Boris Johnson.

Along with Steve Baker, a supporter of Brexit, and attorney general Suella Braverman, Tom Tugendhat is the third MP to express interest in running for leadership.

Until a successor is identified by the fall, Mr. Johnson intends to continue serving as PM. Although he has formed a new cabinet, opposition parties and several Tories want him to step down immediately.

James Cleverly, the education secretary and a recently appointed minister, said there was no need to name a “caretaker” leader as some Conservatives have urged.

In a “perfect scenario,” deputy prime minister Dominic Raab would take over for a few weeks, but “that ship has sailed,” according to Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the treasurer of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs.

A timeline for the Conservative leadership contest is scheduled to be announced the following week, and the new prime minister is anticipated to take office in September.

Although this would require significant support from Conservatives to succeed, the Labour Party has promised to try to remove the PM through a vote of no confidence quickly.

“The idea he’s attempting to hold on for the next couple of months is totally wrong,” said Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner to the BBC.

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The chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee, Mr. Tugendhat, announced his candidacy for prime minister on Friday in an article published in the Daily Telegraph. He promised tax reductions and “new energy and ideas” for the government.

While former Brexit minister Mr. Baker said he was “seriously” considering running after being urged to do so, attorney general Ms. Braverman has already announced she will run.

According to reports to the BBC, Sajid Javid, the former health secretary, and Grant Shapps, the secretary for transportation and both of whom rebelled against Mr. Johnson, are also thinking about running.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, and ex-Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt are some of the other candidates who have been tipped to run.

More announcements are anticipated in the next few days, although some key Tories have already declared they would not be participating, including former Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, and former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

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