UK Conservatives kick off race to replace PM May

LONDON, Ten Conservative MPs kicked off the battle on Monday to be the next Tory leader and prime minister, and replacing the current Prime Minister Theresa May.

The first vote will take place on Thursday, 13 June, as Tory MPs try to whittle down the list to two candidates. Members of the wider Conservative Party will then get a chance to vote for their preferred choice.

Conservative MPs will now take part in a series of votes to whittle the candidates down to the final two.

The two MPs will then face the wider Tory membership to decide on the next leader of their party, and the country.

Vice chairman of the party’s backbench 1922 committee Dame Cheryl Gillan announced the list and they are Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Former Chief Whip Mark Harper, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Former Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom, Former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart.

To be allowed to run, the MPs needed to have a proposer, a seconder and the support of six other members.

May officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party last week, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen, which will be next July 22.

Source: Kuwait News Agency