Tory Party Leader Election

by Politicker

Theresa May formally resigned as Tory leader in a private letter to the acting chairs of the Conservative Party’s backbench 1922 Committee on Friday 7 June 2019 and the contest to become leader of the Conservative Party began officially today, Monday 10 June, with nominations closing at 5pm.

There are 10 candidates. Each candidate needs to be nominated by 2 fellow MPs and have the support of an additional 6 MPs.

Candidates are:

  • Michael Gove
  • Matt Hancock
  • Mark Harper
  • Jeremy Hunt
  • Sajid Javid
  • Boris Johnson
  • Andrea Leadsom
  • Esther McVey
  • Dominic Raab
  • Rory Stewart

A series of ballots are held by Conservative MPs to reduce the number of candidates to 2.

In the first round, candidates are required to receive at least 5% of the votes (17 MPs) in order to proceed to the next round.

In the second round, candidates are required to receive at least 10% of the votes (33 MPs) in order to proceed to the next round.

For the remaining ballots, the candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated and further ballots are held until there are 2 candidates remaining.

These 2 candidates are put forward for a postal ballot by all Conservative Party members, and the candidates receiving the most votes becomes Leader of the Conservative Party. Because the Conservative Party currently form the Government the successful candidate also becomes Prime Minister.