The election to choose Britain’s new prime minister will take place on the 5th of September, and the first votes to start removing contenders in the crowded, unpredictable, and acrimonious race to succeed Boris Johnson will be cast this week. To date, eleven candidates have entered the race to succeed Johnson as prime minister and leader of the dominant Conservative Party. Johnson resigned following a dramatic uprising by his lawmakers and ministers following some scandals.
To even get to the first round of voting on Wednesday, according to the 1922 committee of Conservative MPs, contenders must receive at least twenty nominations from the party’s 358 legislators.
Before the subsequent vote on Thursday, everyone who obtained less than 30 votes would be disqualified. To gain the support of their fellow candidates, nearly all of the candidates have made bold tax cut promises.
Graham Brady, the committee’s chair, stated, “I am very keen we get this concluded as smoothly, cleanly, and rapidly as possible,”
Before the Conservative Party’s members, who number fewer than 200,000, cast their postal ballots during the summer, the field will be narrowed down by MPs to a final two contenders.
According to a poll conducted on Monday for the Conservative Home website, Rishi Sunak, whose resignation as finance minister helped bring down Johnson, was the least popular among members, followed by equalities minister Kemi Badenoch and former defense minister Penny Mordaunt.