The final candidates for the Conservative Party leadership race in the UK have been confirmed, with 10 in the running to become the next Prime Minister and to live at 10 Downing Street, London.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on June 11, 2019

The final candidates for the Conservative Party leadership race in the UK have been confirmed, with 10 in the running to become the next Prime Minister and to live at 10 Downing Street, London.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Environment Secretary Michael Gove – who launched their campaigns ahead of the nomination deadline – are all on the final list, which also features former Chief Whip Mark Harper, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, former Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom, former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart.

Conservative MPs will now take part in a series of votes on Thursday (local time) to whittle the candidates down to the final two.

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The two MPs will then face the wider Tory membership to decide on the next leader of their party, and the country.

To be in the running, each candidate for the Conservative Party leadership the MPs needed to have a proposer, a seconder and the support of six other members.

Prime Minister Theresa May officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party last week, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen.

“Boy, do we need new leadership. In the words of the famous French writer François Rabelais, ‘bring down the curtain, the farce is played out’ on the dreadful performance of the last three years. The last leadership election in 2016 suffered from too little scrutiny of the candidates. We won’t make that mistake again,” wrote fellow Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell in the Telegraph UK.

The New York Times wrote that the Conservative Party Leadership battle is Boris Johnson’s to lose.

“But in light of the fact that, within recent memory, none of the early favourites have gone on to win a Tory leadership contest, predictions at this point are perilous,” the Times added.

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Betting company Ladbrokes has Boris Johnson as the overwhelming favourite to lead the Conservatives at 1.57 to 1, with Jeremy Hunt at 5.50 and Andrea Leadsom at 9.