The leader of the British Conservative Party, Sir Graham Brady, said on Thursday it was the party’s intention to put forward two candidates for the succession and one to be elected leader and thus Prime Minister.
r Brady said that process would be complete by next Friday, October 28.
So far, Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt and Boris Johnson seem to be the three most likely Liz Truss successors.
A quick return of Boris Johnson would have been unthinkable just days ago, but at least 10 Conservative MPs have already publicly backed Johnson should he decide to run, which The Times says he will.
He is expected to have the support of at least 50-60 MPs but will need 100 to back him to reach the threshold.
A YouGov poll earlier this week showed that 32 percent put Boris Johnson as their front runner, ahead of Sunak at 23 percent as Johnson remains popular with members of the grassroots party.
Boris is currently on holiday with his family in the Caribbean but is reportedly being “probed” by Conservative MPs about the prospect of a return to power and will fly back to the UK in the coming days.
Johnson still remains the third most likely of the three to become prime minister, with bookmakers and commentators alike agreeing that Rishi Sunak is the most likely to succeed Truss.
Penny Mordaunt, leader of the House of Commons, is also due to take the party temperature before announcing a candidacy for leadership, while party heavyweights Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt publicly ruled out of the running today.
https://www.independent.ie/news/boris-johnson-could-make-a-comeback-but-rishi-sunak-and-penny-mordaunt-also-likely-successors-to-truss-42083863.html Boris Johnson could make a comeback, but Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt are also likely to become Truss successors