Dominic Raab is understood to have ruled himself out of the Conservative Party leadership contest.
The deputy prime minister is one of a handful of high-profile contenders to drop out of the running to be the next resident of Number 10, Sky News has reported.
Michael Gove, who was sacked by Boris Johnson last night, has also reportedly ruled himself out of the contest, the Daily Mail has reported.
As has Matt Hancock, who was forced to resign as health secretary in June 2021.
In the wake of Mr Johnson’s resignation earlier today, speculation has been rife as to who will put their name forward to replace him.
Attorney general Suella Braverman has announced that she will enter the leadership contest.
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary is understood to be seriously considering putting his name into the hat, Sky News reports.
While influential backbencher and staunch Brexiteer Steve Baker has also suggested he is toying with running.
Several other major figures in Cabinet are also tipped to join the competition to replace Mr Johnson.
In his resignation speech, Mr Johnson said that he had agreed with Sir Graham ‘that the process of choosing that new leader should begin now and the timetable will be announced next week’.
That timetable, agreed by the 1922 Committee and Conservative Party HQ, will likely see a new Tory leader in place before the party conference in October.
It’s not yet known what the timetable to replace Mr Johnson will look like or how long the process will take.
The leadership contest normally takes place over two stages, if there are multiple candidates.
The Executive Committee of the 1922 Committee will determine the rules and procedures for how a contest will play out, alongside Conservative Party headquarters.
Those rules, as well as the timetable, are announced by the chair of the 1922 Committee.
The first stage sees the number of candidates whittled down, with a series of ballots.
The candidates with the lowest number of votes are eliminated and MPs are re-balloted until only two candidates are left.
For example, during the 2019 leadership contest to replace Theresa May there were 10 candidates in the first ballot.
Several rounds of balloting then took place until only Mr Johnson and Jeremy Hunt were left, with Mr Johnson going on to win.
The key events that led to Boris Johnson’s resignation
The news that Boris Johnson is set to resign as prime minister follows a tumultuous few days in British politics.
After surviving a vote of no confidence in June, the government’s handling of the Chris Pincher scandal marked the end of Mr Johnson’s time in office.
Here’s a run down of the key events which have led us here.
Monday, July 4
Downing Street confirmed Mr Johnson was aware of concerns about the conduct of Mr Pincher when he made him deputy chief whip. His spokesperson later conceded he had known of ‘speculation’ surrounding the MP, but ‘no formal complaint at that time’.
Tuesday, July 5
- Lord Simon McDonald, former permanent secretary in the Foreign Office, publishes a bombshell letter claiming Mr Johnson was briefed ‘in person’ about a formal complaint regarding Mr Pincher.
- 12.30pm: Labour is granted an urgent question in Parliament to address the Pincher scandal and what the prime minister knew.
- Tory MPs line up in the House of Commons to publicly condemn Mr Johnson’s handling of the affair.
- 1pm: Downing Street said Mr Johnson had forgotten he had been told Mr Pincher was the subject of an official complaint.
- Tory backbenchers start publicly calling for Mr Johnson’s resignation.
- Shortly before 6pm: Mr Johnson is forced to issue an apology over his handling of the Pincher scandal.
- At 6.02pm Sajid Javid resigns as health secretary, saying the British people ‘rightly expect integrity from their government’.
- 6.11pm: Chancellor Rishi Sunak resigns.
- What will become a steady stream of resginations begins.
- 9.40pm: Nadhim Zahawi is appointed chancellor, Michelle Donelan becomes education secretary and Steve Barclay is made health secretary.
Wednesday, July 6
- 8.25am: Will Quince becomes the first minister of the day to resign while backbenchers including Lee Anderson and Robert Halfon publicly withdraw their support for Mr Johnson.
- 12pm: Mr Johnson defies calls to resign during PMQs citing his ‘colossal mandate’ in 2019. He vows to keep going.
- 2.25pm: Ministers Kemi Badenoch, Julia Lopez, Mims Davies, Lee Rowley, Neil O’Brien and Alex Burghart announced their resignations via a group letter and call on the prime minister to go.
- 2.40pm: The Daily Mail reports that cabinet minister Michael Gove has told the prime minister he must step down.
- 3pm: Amid unfolding chaos, the prime minister appears before the Liaison Committee to answer questions about his handling of the Pincher affair.
- A delegation of ministers, including some of Mr Johnson’s longest-standing allies meet with him to urge him to resign.
- 8.15pm: Mr Johnson rejects calls for his resignation after meeting with ministers.
- 9pm: Mr Johnson sacks Michael Gove as Levelling Up, Communities and Housing Secretary.
- 10.30pm Simon Hart resigns as Welsh Secretary.
- 11pm: Attorney General Suella Braverman says it’s time for the prime minister ‘to go’.
Thursday, July 7
- The Tory party exodus continues and by 9am 27 resignations have been filed, five at cabinet level, and 22 below cabinet level.
- Among them are Brandon Lewis the Northern Ireland secretary and Michelle Donelan, the newly appointed education secretary.
- Nadhim Zahawi publishes a blistering open letter calling on the prime minister to resign.
- Shortly after 9am the news breaks that Mr Johnson has agreed to resign as British prime minister.
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