The race to become the next British prime minister is starting in earnest, with a crowded field of 11.

There are currently 11 people running for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after he announced last week that he was stepping down.

The already crowded field grew on Sunday, with International Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss being the latest to announce their proposals, with Mordaunt saying the UK “needs to think a little less about the leader and a lot more about the ship.” . ”

On Monday, a committee of the influential conservative group 1922 will meet to elect a new chief executive who will determine the rules for the leadership contest. Party leaders hope the contest will be relatively short and civilized, which is a difficult task given the hostility within the various factions of the party due to the events of the past few months.

Campaigns are already underway

Candidates have already posted eye-catching campaign videos on social media and appeared on political talk shows trying to defend their position. Many are promising tax cuts at a time when the cost of living in the UK is skyrocketing.

“I want to cut all taxes,” said former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has promised to cut corporate tax to 15%. “The Treasury Department’s own data says you’ll get back half of the money you invest in corporate tax cuts due to increased business activity,” he added.

Among the many contenders, the current leader is Rishi Sunak, a former chancellor of the exchequer, with other notable names including Nadeem Zahavi, who succeeded him as chancellor last week, and another former health minister, Sajid Javid.

On Friday, Sunak announced his leadership bid in a campaign video in which he vowed to confront difficult economic conditions “honestly, seriously and decisively” rather than placing the burden on future generations.

“Someone has to seize this moment and make the right decision,” he said.

Meanwhile, despite speculation in the party and the media, Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace announced on Saturday that he would not run.

Long race?

One of the key decisions the 1922 Committee will make today is how many deputies’ supporters a candidate will need to get the first ballot. During the last leadership contest in 2019, the threshold was eight, but this time it is expected to rise to 20 or more, which will be aimed at reducing the large field more quickly.

A new leader will be chosen in a two-stage election in which 358 Conservative MPs cut the race to two candidates through a series of knockout votes. The final pair would then be sent to be voted on by mail among all party members across the country.

Under the British parliamentary system, the next party leader automatically becomes prime minister without the need for a general election.

News reports suggest that Conservative lawmakers will seek to narrow the field to two before Parliament adjourns for summer recess on July 21, with party members able to vote on the final choice before the end of August.

This will mean a new leader will be in place by September, with Boris Johnson planning to remain in office as interim until then.