Who will replace Liz Truss as Prime Minister?
Liz Truss became the shortest serving prime minister after stepping down on Thursday (October 20). She was in the position for only six weeks.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a general election “now” after Truss resigned. The race for leadership to replace Ms Truss as prime minister will take place next week.
But who are in the frame to replace Mrs. Truss at No. 10? Updated list of candidates and rules for the driving contest:
Who will stand to replace Liz Truss?
The Prime Minister announced that leadership elections will take place next week. Sir Graham Brady said earlier that the new leader was expected to take office by October 31.
Rishi Sunak, Benny Mordaunt, and even Boris Johnson have been the names that have emerged as a potential replacement for Gears in recent days. However, the Conservative Party has not officially thrown its hat into the ring at the time of writing (2.30pm Oct 20).
Rishi Sunak’s allies said he “surely will stand up”, The Guardian Ha
Stephen Swinford, policy editor for The Times, reports that Boris Johnson is expected to run in the leadership election. He resigned as prime minister in July.
Another name rumored to be Kimi Badenoch, who stood out in the summer, was reported by The Telegraph that she is considering another bid to become the Conservative Party leader. Soyla Braverman, who resigned as Home Secretary on Wednesday, is expected to participate again according to The Guardian.
Favorite bookmakers to be the next prime minister are:
- Rishi Sunak 13/8
- Penny Mordaunt 9/2
- Ben Wallace 9/1
- Boris Johnson 16/1
Who wouldn’t stand to replace Liz Truss?
Allies of Chancellor Jeremy Hunt have said he will not run for leadership of the Conservative Party. He became finance minister last week after dismissing Kwasi Quarting. Hunt ran against Boris Johnson in 2019.
Sources close to Michael Gove also ruled out an attempt to drive, the Mirror reported. Mr Gove was previously the leader of the Conservative Party in 2016.
Secretary of State James Cleverly has also disqualified himself from running for party leadership. He wants to stay in his current ministerial position.
How will the leadership elections work?
Ms Truss announced her resignation outside 10 Downing Street on Thursday (October 20), and said a leadership election would take place within the next week. The rules are set to be confirmed later today.
The Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, said he expected Conservative Party members to be involved in selecting a new leader for the party.
Asked if party faithful would be involved in the operation, he told reporters: “Well, that’s the expectation.
“So the reason I spoke to the party chief and discussed the parameters of the process with him is to look at how everything, including the party being consulted, is achieved byriday next week.”
Sir Graham added: “I think we are well aware of the need to achieve the national interest to resolve this matter clearly and quickly.”
However, he has been ambiguous about whether one or two candidates are likely to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party. “The party rules state that there will be two candidates unless there is only one,” he told reporters.
Asked what would happen if a candidate withdrew, Sir Graham said: “If there is only one candidate, there is only one candidate.” Urging who his idea was to cut the process down to one week, he said, “I think it’s an issue on which there is broad consensus.”
Sir Graham also said: “They are certainly not the conditions I would like to see.”