With the Prime Minister announcing her resignation, the unofficial starting gun has been fired. This will be the first time since 2005 that Conservative Party members will get a vote for the leader. We bring you a round up of those MPs who have either announced, are thought to be announcing and those who despite initial speculation, have ruled themselves out.
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It's important to remember that, as it stands, there will be 2 candidates that are presented to the Conservative Party membership in a final round.
Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis tweeted just yesterday that "Our Conservative Party Membership is well up to the task of choosing our next PM. This is an important task" And he's right. Membership of the party is on the up, which can only mean there are many, many people eager to do their part in shaping the direction of the party.
There's a crowded field in the running, but as our Alan O'Kelly argued recently, this is a good thing. We need to hear all the ideas out there. We have a really talented pool of potential leaders that each bring their own uniqueness to the job. We all need to listen to the ideas they are putting forward and when necessary, offer critique.
Our first poll, indicated that members were extremely pro having a vote and would have preferred to have had at least 3 candidates to pick from. At this stage, this sadly doesn't seem likely.
However, it is encouraged that party members and supporters email their own Conservative MPs to outline their views. Conservative MPs need to think long and hard about the sort of candidate our party needs. Brexit needs to be delivered swiftly and cleanly. And then, we need to talk about bringing our country together and our new leader needs to go down well on the doorstep. They must have a positive vision and argue the case for conservatism.
We currently have a poll running, which asks those who identify as Conservative members to outline their positions on key policies. Take part now!
We have a large number of confirmed candidates (among many others) speaking at our major conference on June 22nd. We are selling tickets fast, so be sure to be part of the debate by getting your ticket!