Among the MPs who have announced their intention to participate in the leadership contest are Attorney General Suella Braverman and Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the parliament’s foreign affairs select committee.
In the second stage, tens of thousands of ordinary party members will choose the winner by secret ballot.
But his prospects were tarnished by questions about his personal wealth and the family’s taxation system.
Acting Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (right) use hand sanitizer while visiting the Pizza Pilgrims restaurant in east London June 26, 2020. Source: A MONKEY / Heathcliff O’Malley/Daily Telegraph
His resignation led to his return as one of the leaders of the bookmakers to a top position.
But his refusal to initially authorize additional support in the wake of the rising cost-of-living crisis undermined his popularity.
In an article published in the Daily Telegraph, Tugendhat, who heads the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, confirmed his intention to run for leader of the Conservative Party, saying he wants to assemble a “broad coalition” for a “clean start”.
Tom Tugendhat speaks at the Ulster Unionist Party conference in Belfast on 9 October 2021. Source: Getty / Brian Lawless
“I served before – in the army, and now in parliament. Now I hope to once again answer the call as prime minister,” he wrote.
A hawk on China, he is critical of the government’s move to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
Former foreign and health secretary Jeremy Hunt, 55, lost out to Johnson in the 2019 leadership contest when he described himself as a “serious” alternative.
Jeremy Hunt leaves his London home on a bike the morning after Boris Johnson survived a vote of confidence on June 7, 2022. Source: A MONKEY / Ben Coutra
Last month, Mr. Hunt sent a thinly veiled campaign message in support of a new leadership bid, arguing that under Johnson, “the electorate no longer trusts us” and “we will lose the next general election.”
But the fluent Japanese speaker lacks Johnson’s charisma. His pre-pandemic record as health secretary has recently come under fire from a Johnson ally.
But it also raised questions about her judgment, such as when she called on the British to fight in Ukraine in February.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (L) talks to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi during a bilateral meeting ahead of the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Bali on July 7, 2022. Source: A MONKEY / Sigid Kurniavan
Critics say her leadership stance is too outspoken.
At this week’s G20 meeting, she reportedly cut her trip short to return to Westminster to make a statement later on Thursday.
Mr Javid, who also stepped down as health minister on Tuesday, previously stepped down as finance minister in 2020.
Sajid Javid, a publicly educated son of a bus driver who came to England from Pakistan in the 1960s. Source: Getty / Oli Scarff
The 52-year-old is the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver who later became a high-profile banker.
Like Mr. Sunak, he also faces questions about his personal wealth and tax affairs.
The former Army officer and Johnson ally downplays his desire to lead the party, but is seen as outspoken and competent.
Ben Wallace, who served in the Scottish Guards, was a key voice in the UK’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Source: A MONKEY / Tolga Akmen
Newly appointed finance minister Nadhim Zahavi, 55, was praised for leading the UK’s pandemic vaccine before taking charge of education.
Iraqi-born Nadhim Zahavi was a successful businessman and rose to prominence as Vaccine Minister during the pandemic. Source: A MONKEY / Victoria Jones
Mr Zahavi is a former Iraqi refugee who came to the UK as a child without speaking English. Before entering politics, he co-founded the well-known polling company YouGov.
But his personal fortune also attracted negative attention, including when he demanded parliamentary expenses to heat his stables.
Mordaunt, 49, became the first woman to serve as UK Secretary of Defense and currently holds the position of Junior Trade Secretary.
Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt in Cromer, Norfolk on 16 June 2016 as Johnson campaigned on behalf of the Vote Leave the EU campaign. Source: A MONKEY / Stephan Russo
The Royal Navy reservist will most likely escape, but this is unlikely.
A strong supporter of Brexit and a key figure in the 2016 “Exit” campaign, she was seen as a potential unity candidate who could garner support from the Conservative Party’s warring factions.
Deputy Prime Minister and Attorney General Dominic Raab, 48, led the country while Johnson was in intensive care in hospital with COVID-19 in 2020.
Boris Johnson (right) and Dominic Raab arrive for the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting on May 5, 2021 in London. Source: Getty / Hanna McKay
The former lawyer and black belt in karate is considered a trusted ally.
But his transition to justice as foreign minister was seen as a demotion after he initially failed to cut short a vacation when the Afghan capital of Kabul was captured by the Taliban.
Attorney General Swella Braverman said she intends to participate in the leadership contest.
Swella Braverman campaigned to leave the EU and served as a junior minister in the Brexit department in May, but resigned in protest at the then prime minister’s proposed Brexit deal, saying she had not gone far enough in cutting ties with the bloc. Source: A MONKEY / Frank Augstein
The 42-year-old Brexiter is another up-and-coming candidate, popular with the party for her Euroscepticism.
Additional reporting: Reuters