Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on June 7, paving the way for some senior Conservatives to run for the leadership. The UK premiership race looks likely to be a crowded affair, with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson the bookmakers’ favourite. His closest rivals are former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and environment secretary Michael Gove (who wrecked Johnson’s leadership bid in 2016).
Many ministers are refusing to confirm whether they will stand until after May announces her departure date, but international development secretary Rory Stewart has confirmed his ambitions for the job. Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, home secretary Sajid Javid, health secretary Matthew Hancock, and former Commons leader Andrea Leadsom are all thought to be considering a run at the leadership.