Who could REPLACE Theresa May as next Conservative leader and Prime Minister?

Posted on Feb 15 2019 - 3:25am by admin

She previously survived her Withdrawal Agreement controversy and vote of no confidence triggered by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. This has since prompted the belief that Mrs May is in office but not in power, according to The Daily Telegraph. But who are the runners and riders to replace the Prime Minister if she loses her grip on power?

Express.co.uk has the latest odds.

Boris Johnson

Odds: 6/1

The former Foreign Secretary is the favourite for Conservative MP to takeover Mrs May’s reign.

After leading the Leave campaign in 2016, Mr Johnson has been incredibly critical of the Prime Minister’s deal and returned to the backbencher after resigning from Cabinet.

Mr Johnson also has a desire to lead the party and told LBC listeners on Monday that he regretted pulling out of the leadership race.

However, many MPs turned on the well known Tory with some even threatening to resign the whip if he becomes leader.

It is expected Mr Johnson would dismiss the Withdrawal Agreement and attempt a Canada-style free trade deal with the EU and push to create more deal with the US and China if he became Prime Minister.

Theresa May

Who could REPLACE Theresa May as next Conservative leader and Prime Minister? (Image: GETTY)

Boris Johnson

The former Foreign Secretary is the favourite for Conservative MP to takeover Mrs May’s reign. (Image: GETTY)

Sajid Javid

Odds: 8/1

The Secretary of State for the Home Department has won Conservative MPs over with his tough stance on grooming gangs and handling of the Windrush scandal.

But some doubt his chance of winning the leadership due to his softer approach to immigration and Brexiteers are still holding a grudge against his decision to back Remain during the referendum.

While migrant boats were crossing the Channel, Mr Javid was on a family holiday in South Africa which brought his judgement into question, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Javid would attempt a managed approach to immigration which would include high-skilled worker receiving priority as businesses, the NHS and schools continue to recruit foreign workers on lower pay if elected.

Sajid Javid

The Secretary of State for the Home Department has won Conservative MPs over (Image: GETTY)

Amber Rudd

Odds: 14/1

The Work and Pensions Secretary, who recovered from the Windrush scandal earlier this year, is likely to receive support from moderate and remain supporters.

Ms Rudd is argued to be highly competent and is beginning to improve the department which has been criticised over the rollout of Universal Credit.

But as a passionate Remainer, she isn’t the favourite for Brexiteers who fear she would push for a soft Norway-style Brexit along with beliefs she would cave to demands for a second referendum.

Her Hastings constituency is also a problem as it has a thin majority of just 346 which could risk her candidacy.

Amber Rudd

The Work and Pensions Secretary is likely to receive support from moderate and remain supporters (Image: GETTY)

Jeremy Hunt

Odds: 12/1

The current Foreign Secretary has excelled out of weathered years as Britain’s longest serving Health Secretary.

Mr Hunt recently aided the release of Matthew Hedges an academic who was jailed by the UAE and speaks in Japanese in Tokyo establishing himself as one to watch, according to the Daily Telegraph.

As another critic of Mrs May’s deal, he is likely to seek new concessions for Brussels on the Irish backstop.

But like Ms Rudd, he is likely to attempt a Norway-style departure if elected as Prime Minister.

Jeremy Hunt

The current Foreign Secretary has excelled out of weathered years as the former Health Secretary (Image: GETTY)

Michael Gove

Odds: 5/1

One of the leading Brexiteers and current Environment Secretary, Mr Gove has yet to be dismissed from the race after a turbulent time in Cabinet.

His popularity with the public has soared after his war on plastic and greener policies across the country.

However there are still suspicions about Mr Gove after he was accused of stabbing Mr Johnson in the “back, front and side” during the last Tory leadership contest.

Mr Gove is keen to gain compromise in the massively divided Conservative party which could see him as a good candidate.

Michael Gove

Mr Gove has yet to be dismissed from the race after a turbulent time in Cabinet. (Image: GETTY)

Penny Mordaunt

Odds: 25/1

The International Development Secretary has been labelled as “a rising star” by the Daily Telegraph after her handling of scandals which ravaged the charity sector.

But Brexiteers aren’t sure if Ms Mordaunt is up to the task as she hasn’t shown where she stands on Mrs May’s deal.

Due to this reluctance to have an opinion on the deal suggests she may not be able to find a solid base of support for when the leadership content begins.

Only a select few in Westminster are aware of the policies Ms Mordaunt would bring forward if elected.

Penny Morduant

Brexiteers aren’t sure if Ms Mordaunt is up to the task as she hasn’t shown where she stands on deal (Image: FILE PHOTO)

Dominic Raab

Odds: 10/1

After a brief stint as Brexit Secretary, Mr Raab has insisted he will join the leadership race if the opportunity presents itself.

The Leaver has said he wants to secure concessions on the Irish backstop by securing an extension mechanism allowing the UK to leave unilaterally, if he is elected.

It is also likely he would put billions into a contingency plan to make Brussels take the threat of a no deal seriously.

But Mr Raab would have to win over a base of Brexiteer MPs while David Davis and Mr Johnson will draw on the same MPs.

Dominic Raab

Mr Raab has insisted he will join the leadership race if the opportunity presents itself (Image: GETTY)

Esther McVey

Odss: 50/1

Well-liked by the Tory backbenches, the former Work and Pensions Secretary has kept away from circling rumours of her joining the leadership contest.

But this secrecy changed after Ms McVey admitted on a live interview that she would give the prospect of running “serious thought”.

While it has been reported that she has been looking for support if she was to be a candidate, she was almost sacked earlier this year after the handling of Universal Credit, according to the paper.

Ms McVey apologised for misleading MPs over welfare reforms may end up losing her votes.

Esther McVey

s McVey admitted on a live interview that she would give the prospect of running “serious thought” (Image: GETTY)

David Davis

Odds: 20/1

The former Brexit Secretary has been campaigning to bring down Mrs May’s deal after leaving the Cabinet in July.

With the support of Tory Brexiteers, his links to Boris Johnson has suggested the pair will unite in the contest or one will step aside instead of battling it out in public.

Mr Davis is another to support a Canada-style deal and has expressed desire to get rid of the current Withdrawal Agreement, if elected.

However, his condemnation of the deal has had critics point out that he was the Brexit Secretary during much of the negotiating process.

David Davis

The former Brexit Secretary has been campaigning to bring down Mrs May’s deal after leaving Cabinet (Image: GETTY)

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