Politics is confusing, and sometimes it takes a lot more effort than it’s worth to search the internet far and wide to find out what’s going on. Being one of the most politically minded of my friends and family, I’ve been asked a LOT this week about the Tory leadership contest and exactly what will happen when Theresa May resigns, and I assumed that a lot of people will have the same questions, so I’ve summed it all up in this simple post.
What exactly will happen on June 7th?
On June 7th 2019, Theresa May will step down as Prime Minister, triggering a Conservative Party leadership election. The winner of this election will become the leader of the Conservatives, and therefore the UK Prime Minister. How long the election will last is yet to be decided, but with Brexit becoming an increasingly pressing issue, and one that everybody is ready to give their two cents worth on, it is presumed that party will select a new leader as quickly as possible.
How does the contest work?
It takes place in two stages. The first is shortlisting, were Conservative MPs put their names forward to be the new party leader (this is what is happening at the minute). Anybody that wants to stand needs at least two nominations from other MPs. The next stage is the voting stage, and this can last a while, dependent upon the number of candidates. Conservative MPs vote in a series of rounds to reduce the number of possible candidates, with the person with the fewest votes at the end of each round being removed from the competition. When there are just two candidates remaining, voting is extended to Conservative party members who can choose whoever they believe is best for the job. The winner of this final election will become the leader of the party and therefore the Prime Minister. Think of it like the X-Factor of the political world.
So who is in the running?
There are currently 13 MPs in the race to be the next PM. They range a lot in terms of experience, their stance on Brexit and their likelihood of winning the competition (which you can bet on here… my money is on Hunt).
Previous Mayor of London and avid bike rider Johnson is currently the bookies favourite. He may be off to court due to his controversial (and just plain lying) Brexit bus, but that doesn’t seem to be affecting his popularity. Unsurprisingly, he’s after a no deal.
The bane of every teenager’s life after increasing exam difficulty in his previous role as Education Secretary (cheers for that Mike). Whilst he’s determined to deliver Brexit, he’s trying his best to keep Liberal’s happy by opting for a more moderate approach to the exit.
After running for Tory leader in 2016, Leadso is back again in an attempt to bag the role. As one of the cabinet’s most outspoken Brexiteers, she’s definitely prepared to deliver a hard Brexit.
As the former Brexit secretary, Raab is another contender in pursuit of a hard Brexit. He describes himself as “the underdog fighting for the underdog”, but also refuses to call himself a feminist…
Being the current Foreign Secretary many of Hunt’s supporters believe he’s the most informed and best for the job when it comes to delivering Brexit. He describes a no-deal Brexit to be ‘suicide’.
Eton and Oxford educated, he clearly fits the stereotype of a Tory politician and despite how new he is to the cabinet Stewart is seen to have ambition and self-belief, both seen as important traits for a person filling the role of PM.
The current Home Secretary has recently become the subject of jokes on Twitter after saying that he would rule out a second Scottish independence referendum if he was to win the leadership contest. Is it safe to assume he’s out of the running? Am I allowed to suggest that? #PermissionfromSajid
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