Five contenders to be Conservative Party leader if Theresa May quits

Boris Johnson
Ruth Davidson
Michael Gove
Amber Rudd
David Davis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Although Theresa May insists she won't resign after last week's election omnishambles, the outlook for the Prime Minister remains bleak.

Her future at Number 10 appears to hinge on a confidence-and-supply deal with the DUP, which could collapse at any time. If history tells us anything, it's that minority governments don't last long.

Furthermore, May remains at risk of a rebellion from her own Tory colleagues. She may have given a strong performance in front of the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers (at least that's what the secretary of the committee told Julia Hartley-Brewer) but that doesn't mean the Tory backwoodsmen won't suddenly turn round and force a vote of no confidence if Jeremy Corbyn continues to surge ahead in the polls or the Brexit talks unravel.

But if May is forced out, from within or without, who could replace her? With the old double act of David Cameron and George Osborne long gone, who could realistically step in and steer the party to calmer waters?

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