Boris Johnson FAVOURITE to replace Theresa May as PM agrees to resign
May is expected to be out by September after a crunch meeting with the Tories’ ruling body the 1922 Committee.
Pressure has been building for months from rebels over the PM’s handling of Brexit.
Sir Graham Brady confirmed there will be a meeting in June to set out a timetable from her departure form Number 10.
It will come after May is set to bring back her Withdrawal Agreement back to the House of Commons once again to try and finally agree Brexit.
Runners and riders are now beginning to emerge, with Boris Johnson pegged on as the bookies’ favourite.
“Of course I’m going to go for it”
Johnson confirmed today he will be running again for leadership as May met with the 1922.
The MP – who failed to become leader in 2016 – told an event in Manchester: “Of course I’m going to go for it.”
He has long been seen as the frontrunner with big support amongst the grassroots Tory.
In a documentary in 2013, BoJo said being Prime Minister “would be a great, great thing to have a crack at”, if “the ball came loose from the back of the scrum”.
After resigning from his post at foreign secretary he has been critical of May, and now sits with the bookies at 5/2.
Dominic Raab is in second place at 6/1, with the former Brexit secretary appearing to set out policies for the future manifesto in an interview on Sunday.
He argued for a new law that would make it illegal to make pregnant mothers redundant, and for a cut to the basic rate of income tax.
“I think the basic rate, taking a penny off that, would be talking to the people who need to know we are on their side,” he said.
The interview appeared alongside glossy photos of him and his wife Erika in their home kitchen, and was widely interpreted to be an attempt to boost his popularity in advance of a leadership bid.
He resigned from his role of Brexit secretary last year – becoming the second in the job to do so – and has since been critical of May.
Environment secretary Michael Gove comes in third at 8/1 after he also unsuccessfully ran in 2016.
He famously undercut his running mate BoJo by announcing his own leadership bid despite agreeing to back him – later admitting it was “not my finest hour”.
Gove supports the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal and has been involved in negotiations to gain backing for it from the Labour Party.
And then in fourth is foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who also used a newspaper profile to introduce himself and his family to voters.
He campaigned for Remain, and would be seen as a moderate in a leadership contest – with his odds at 12/1.
Health secretary Matt Hancock and home secretary Sajid Javid both come in at 16/1.
Hancock – who once launched his own app – has been building his profile over the past few weeks and is seen as heir to Tory modernisers like David Cameron.
Javid has been boosting his profile by promising to be tough on crime and terrorism, while also referencing his hard upbringing.
Speaking to police officers and social workers about knife crime last month, Javid said he “could have had a life of crime” after growing up on “Britain’s most dangerous street”.
He had allegedly begun referring to himself as “The Sajid” in the Home Office.
Outsiders include new defence secretary Penny Mordaunt who was considered a favourite for leadership.
Level pegging with her includes another failed contender from 2016, Andrea Leadsom – who said she is “seriously considering” running for PM.
Both Mordaunt and Leadsom sit at 20/1, and both are considered candidates from a Brexiteer PM.
And bringing up the rear is Esther McVey, with odds of 50/1, who has also openly declared her ambitions to be PM.
“I’ve always said quite clearly if I got enough support from colleagues then yes I would, and now people have come forward and I have got that support, so I will be going forward,” she said.
The former work and pensions secretary resigned from the government over May’s deal, and said the Tories needed a leader who “believes in Brexit”.
- Theresa May
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