Britain will be one step closer to finding out who will lead the country after Prime Minister David Cameron said he is stepping down following the nation’s shock Brexit vote.
On Tuesday, Conservative MPs will vote on who they want to be the next leader of the party and therefore the next Prime Minister, because the Tories are the ruling political party in Britain.
330 MPs will start voting at 11 a.m. BST and voting will be closed at 6 p.m. BST. The results will be released around 7 p.m. BST and the politician with the least amount of votes will be eliminated.
The candidates are:
- Theresa May
- Andrea Leadsom
- Michael Gove
- Stephen Crabb
- Liam Fox
After this round, there will be another vote on Thursday, where only two MPs will be left in the race. Then Conservative party members will be sent a ballot paper by post to choose which out of the two people they want as leader. To be a member of the Conservative party, you pay £25 ($33). However, if you are a member of the armed forces, you pay £15, or if you are aged under 23, you pay £5.
The winner will be announced on September 9.
Boris Johnson backs Andrea Leadsom
The race for the next Tory leader and PM has been fraught with drama over the last two weeks after Cameron announced his resignation.
Former London Mayor and leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson was primed to be one of the favourites to pip for the post but he shockingly stepped out of the race.
Even fellow MPs, like Nadine Dorries, were shocked:
This was because Michael Gove surprised everyone last week by announcing his leadership bid — which effectively forced Vote Leave associate Boris Johnson out of the running. Meanwhile accusations of him being a “back-stabber” continue to mount as he publicly declared for years that he was not interested in becoming the PM.
In a statement on Facebook, Johnson said “Andrea Leadsom offers the zap, the drive, and the determination essential for the next leader of this country.”
However, Theresa May is the favourite to succeed Cameron despite having campaigned to remain in the EU. Meanwhile, Leadsom raced past Gove in the betting odds on Friday and her chances have surged even more over the weekend — putting her in second place favourite to win.
May has the declared support of 115 MPs, which accounts for 35% of the parliamentary Conservative Party. Leadsom currently has 40 declared supporters.
Gove has 26 declared supporters, while Crabb has 23. Fox is in last place with 9.