The British Conservative Party will announce its future prime minister on 5 September, in the first parliamentary session after the summer recess, to elect the replacement of Boris Johnson, who announced his resignation on 7 July but remains the acting head of government.
In order to speed up the primaries to remove him from power, the so-called 1922 Committee, which brings together the conservative parliamentary group, has agreed new electoral rules. The committee, chaired by Graham Brady, has stipulated that candidates to succeed Johnson will need the support of at least 20 “tories” deputies, of the 8 required so far, with the aim of reducing the number of candidates.
The 1922 Committee intends to hold two knockout rounds on Wednesday and Thursday. The two candidates most voted by the deputies would submit to an election by mail among the members of the ruling party, approximately 20,000, according to data from the year 2021.
This means that only 0.30% of the UK’s 67.2 million people would choose the future prime minister, in the coming months. Elections are currently scheduled for 2024.
At least eleven candidates have run to succeed Boris Johnson, among them the former Minister of Economy during the pandemic, Rishi Sunak, and the still foreign minister, Liz Truss. Although Rishi is the favorite candidate, a poll among the conservative ranks places Penny Mordaunt, currently Secretary of State for Commerce, in the first rank.