The “conservatives” have set July 21 as the date for the meeting of the two finalists to succeed Johnson

The “conservatives” have set July 21 as the date for the meeting of the two finalists to succeed Johnson

Boris Johnson this Monday at the Francis Crick Institute in London PE

The 1922 Committee imposes the new rules and sets the timetable for the election of the Prime Minister

Ivana Salazar


Updated at 11:24 p.m.

the race for Boris Johnson’s succession has officially begun in the UK, after this Monday evening, the members of the 1922 Committee, chaired by Graham Brady, set the timetable for electing the new Conservative leader and, therefore, the British Prime Minister. Earlier, the committee’s new leadership team was elected, keeping Brady as chair, while Nus Ghani and Will Wragg were re-elected as vice-chairs. The rest of the executive is made up of Aaron Bell, Miriam Cates, Jo Gideon, Richard Graham, Chris Green, Robert Halfon, Sally-Ann Hart, Andrew Jones, Tom Randall, David Simmonds, John Stevenson and Martin Vickers, who among The rules of the battle for the leadership of the party have established that candidates will have to have the support of 20 parliamentarians, instead of eight as was previously established, in order to be part of the ballot.

In this fight where there are already 11 competitors Choosing to succeed Boris Johnson, who resigned last week after the pressure within his own ranks became unbearable, only two so far, Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt, have the explicit support of at least that many party members. The race is against time as nominations are due to go to Brady on Tuesday and those who don’t make the 20 mark could be forced to step back and offer their endorsement to someone else. The first vote will take place on Wednesday, after the Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons. MPs with the support of less than 30 MPs will be eliminated. The second vote will take place on Thursday and it is expected that by the weekend there will be few candidates left, who will have a “super Monday” of the election campaign on Monday. The final rounds of voting are scheduled for July 19 and 20.

The committee’s aim is for the names of the two finalists to be decided on July 21, when Parliament begins its summer recess, and after a vote at the end of August, the winner will finally be announced on September 5, when the Commons restarts. . their activity. Brady said the competition will be “quite lively”, warning it should end “reasonably quickly”.

Results on July 21

Johnson, on the other hand, made the decision not to publicly endorse any of his potential successors. This was expressed in his first public appearance after his resignation, although he will continue as prime minister until a new leader is elected. Supporting a candidate “is not the Prime Minister’s job at this stage”, he said, but “let the party decide, let them go ahead and continue to carry out the projects for which we have been elected”. Additionally, he acknowledged that “I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s chances by offering my support.”

A new conservative Home poll revealed on Monday that Penny Mordaunt she is the new favorite to become Conservative leader among grassroots activists, with 19.6% support.

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