Boris Johnson will face a challenge to his leadership if a vote of no confidence is held later today
Who could be the next prime minister?
If Boris Johnson steps down there will be no shortage of people in the running for the top job, including Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.
Mr Sunak, currently Chancellor of the Treasury, has won many admirers within the Conservative Party for handling pandemic spending.
Covid support programs such as furloughs and cuts in business rates amid uncertain financial times for many have also boosted Mr Sunak’s shares in some quarters of the public.
Although an increase in Social Security payments, cuts in Universal Credit and the current cost-of-living crisis caused by soaring energy bills have left Mr Sunak vulnerable to criticism.
It is not uncommon for ministers to make the step from chancellor to prime minister.
Mr Sunak was the clear favorite among online bookmakers to replace Mr Johnson when the time came, but he too was fined by police for breaking Covid lockdown rules.
Ms Truss has held various positions under three Tory Prime Ministers – David Cameron, Theresa May and Mr Johnson – and is the UK’s chief negotiator with the European Union.
Among the other names touted as possible successors, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab have all been mentioned, although Mr Sunak seems to come out on top.
When is the next federal election?
The names in the frame set to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative party must take over before the next general election to become prime minister in this term.
After a series of general elections that resulted in Mr Johnson’s victory in the winter of 2019, UK voters will next be asked to go to the voting booth in May 2024.
This is agreed in the Fixed Term Parliament Act, although there is the possibility of early elections being called if the incumbent government so decides.
Much of this will depend on the strength of sentiment within the Tory party, how it is perceived in the polls and whether that would be favourable.
If Mr Johnson stays in power before the next general election, there is a chance he and the Conservative Party could lose to one or more competing parties.
Labor is traditionally known as the Tory’s biggest rival, with Sir Keir Starmer currently leading the party, who is also being questioned by police over a possible breach of lockdown rules. Mr Starmer has announced he will resign if he is found to have broken the law.
The next odds for the British Prime Minister
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is among the frontrunners to replace Boris Johnson as PM should he decide to step down. Here are the latest from oddchecker:
- Keir Starmer 4/1
- Jeremy Hunt 5/1
- Tom Tugendhat 6/1
- Liz Fachwerk 7/1
- Penny Mordaunt 8/1
- Ben Wallace 9/1
- Rishi Sunak 8/1
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