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British politics: Possible candidates for the May succession


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

The British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to resign as party leader of the Conservatives – and thus also as prime minister – on 7 June. In the Conservative Party, the race for their succession has already flared up. The rules of the party provide for two votes. First, parliamentarians in Westminster vote on the candidate field in several rounds. After each election round, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is deleted until at the end only two candidates remain.

These then have to put all Party members to the election for party chairmanship. Because Queen Elizabeth was commissioning the leader of the party with the most seats in the House of Commons to form a government, the winner of this vote would also become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. But which politicians want to succeed Theresa Mays at all?

Boris Johnson

The former mayor of London was probably the most prominent face of the “Leave” campaign in the run-up to the Brexit referendum. He is commonly seen as a favorite to succeed Mays. After the vote on the Brexit was won, hesitated Johnson nor to claim the office of the Prime Minister, preferring to give Theresa May precedence. Instead, he took over the State Department from 2016 to 2018 and became the Prime Minister’s worst critic inside the Cabinet. In May, however, he has now set and said: “Of course I will compete.” Of the promising candidates Johnson is the hard Brexiter and a resignation of the United Kingdom without agreement the closest.

Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab was Brexit minister in May’s Cabinet before resigning with Boris Johnson over his rejection of the withdrawal agreement. He prefers an agreement with the EU, but considers that the withdrawal contract that he has negotiated is “worse than staying in the EU”, as he says ‘Guardian’ in November 2018 said. Raab is now trying quite aggressively to bring himself into play as the next Prime Minister.

Andrea leadsom

Andrea Leadsom led the conservative faction in the lower house until May 22nd. Already in 2016, following the Brexit vote, she had applied for the presidency of the conservative party. Because she lacked backing in the faction, she eventually pulled out of the race and Theresa May moved in at 10 Downing Street. With her resignation as group leader on Wednesday, which she has justified the rejection of May’s concession to the opposition regarding a second referendum, she brings again for a candidacy for the highest office in position. Nevertheless, your chances are considered low. Leadsom is an avowed Brexiteer and has gained respect in the faction in recent years, especially through her resolute handling of Speaker John Bercow.

Jeremy Hunt

Boris Johnson’s successor as foreign minister is considered the preferred option of the established forces in the conservative party. Jeremy Hunt, however, is unpopular with the population – as a former Minister of Health he is responsible for the savings in the state health system. His advantage could be that he is seen as a champion of a softer Brexit, which could also make him attractive to the opposition. Hunt, however, has maneuvered himself offside in recent weeks with his appearances.

Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid was at times seen as the most promising candidate for Theresa Mays succession. That the Minister of the Interior comes from a family with a migrant background and later became a successful banker and politician is regarded as one of his trump cards. However, he lacks political support in the Westminster, which could put him in the position of head of government. After supporting the “Remain” site in the run-up to the referendum, Javid would now to accept a withdrawal without agreement to prevent the lower house from UK and EU membership referendum completely tips.

Matt Hancock

The Minister of Health has long stayed out of the Brexit quarrels within the Cabinet. In recent weeks, his popularity has also increased in the conservative party, so he is credited to overtake the incumbent candidates yet. Hancock was able to distinguish itself this year with plans against vaccination opponents and its appeal for more protection of young people in social networks in public. He supported the agreement Theresa Mays and said the  BBC. A Brexit without agreement will not happen.

Read also: Theresa May announces resignation on June 7

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