Conservatives begin selection of Cameron’s replacement
Written by Morenike Adebayo on July 5, 2016
Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has begun the process of selecting a new leader to replace David Cameron as prime minister today with interior minister Theresa May and junior minister Andrea Leadsom the leading candidates to get the top job.
Cameron announced he would resign in the political maelstrom that followed when Britons voted on the twenty-third of June to leave the European Union despite his exhortations to remain, with his successor due in Downing Street by early September.
The leadership battle inside the Conservative Party has added to uncertainty at a time when Britain is facing the biggest political and economic upheaval since World War Two.
Five candidates have put their names forward and today, the three hundred and thirty-one Conservative lawmakers in parliament will hold their first vote on who should be the next leader.
The next round of voting will then take place on Thursday and the process will continue until just two candidates remain. The leader will then be elected by about one hundred and fifty thousand Conservative Party members across the country.