UK’s governing Conservative Party said the successor of Boris Johnson will be announced on September 5. Boris Johnson recently stepped down following a spate of resignations in his government but will continue to serve as the PM until the new prime minister is announced.
As this is not the general election, only the Conservative Party will choose a new leader, who will be the leader of Britain.
Eight candidates are competing for the leader of the government – Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Nadhim Zahawi, Suella Braverman, Penny Mordaunt, Jeremy Hunt, Kemi Badenoch, and Tom Tugendhat
How will the Britain PM be elected?
The Conservative Party chooses its leader through a two-stage selection process. The MPs will first hold a series of secret ballots to bring down the candidates to two. In the first round, MPs will vote in the secret ballot. To qualify for this round, the candidate has to secure at least 30 votes.
Another ballot will be held on July 14, in which the bottom-ranked candidate gets eliminated. Further will be conducted in the following week, with the least-ranked candidate getting eliminated in every round. This process usually takes one to two weeks based on the number of candidates.
In the second round, the final two candidates will be put before the party (approximately 160,000 – 200,000 individual members), who will select the winner through a postal ballot.
What are Hustings?
The final two candidates will campaign for the second round and this event is called Hustings, which typically involves speeches before voters.
The ballot papers will be sent to members in August month and the final result will be declared on September 5.
According to tradition, the outgoing PM will appear before the House of Commons for the last time and then outside 10 Downing Street, before visiting the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The departing Prime Minister places his resignation before the Queen, and after that palace releases a statement saying that the queen is “pleased to accept” the resignation by the PM.
Soon after the departure of the old prime minister from the palace, the new leader will visit the queen. The new leader will seek permission to form the government. After the approval of the Queen, the country will have a new prime minister.