Conservative leadership: 10 rivals to first Conservative vote
Conservative MPs will begin the process of choosing their new leader and the next Prime Minister when a first round of voting takes place in Parliament.
The vote will be held by secret ballot in the House of Commons, the result being expected sometime after 1:00 pm BST.
Any of the 10 candidates who will not get at least 17 votes will be eliminated from the contest.
Other polls will be held next week, during which the two most popular MPs will be in the second round of Conservative party members.
The winner of the contest to succeed Theresa May should be announced in the week of July 22nd.
Boris Johnson – who launched his party leadership campaign on Wednesday – is considered the favorite of the contest, with much more support from MPs than from his rivals.
Michael Gove, Javid Sajid, Dominic Raab and Jeremy Hunt also received enough support from the public to suggest they qualify for the next round.
The remaining five candidates – Matt Hancock, Rory Stewart, Andrea Leadsom, Mark Harper and Esther McVey – hope to succeed and create momentum.
More than a quarter of the 313 Conservative members eligible to vote still have to openly declare who they support – and, as it is a secret ballot, members of Parliament could theoretically vote differently than their declared intent.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said that there was still a lot of time for the calculation to change fundamentally, but the first round of voting should give a better idea of how the numbers are going.
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Thursday's election is being held in accordance with new rules agreed to by the Conservative Party earlier this month to expedite the polls.
Any candidate who does not obtain 5% of the votes in the first round will be eliminated.
If the ten candidates get all 17 votes, the candidate who gets the least votes will withdraw from the contest.
If the two weakest candidates get the same number of votes, a decision will be made between them on how to proceed. Candidates are allowed to vote for themselves.
The following polls must take place on June 18, 19 and 20 to reduce candidates one by one until only two people are left.
The last pair will then be voted on by members of the conservative party at large starting June 22. The winner should be announced about four weeks later.
So far, Brexit has dominated the debate and debated whether an agreement could be renegotiated with the EU by 31 October and if not to negotiate a Brexit is a plausible promise.