Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for Boris Johnson’s resignation, calling the Prime Minister a “pathetic spectacle of a man”.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has already called on the Prime Minister to resign, calling him a “pathetic spectacle by a man who has run out of roads”.
Boris Johnson is under pressure to step down as Prime Minister after admitting he attended a Downing Street garden party in May 2020 – at the height of the first Covid-19 lockdown.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross is also pushing for Mr Johnson’s resignation – and a recent poll suggests two-thirds of the public think he should resign.
But who would take over as prime minister if he actually left his post? Here are the runners and riders.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is the favorite to take over Mr Johnson, with most bookies putting his odds at around 2/1.
He is closely followed by Secretary of State Liz Truss, who is about 3/1.
Leveling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt are around 8/1, while Health Secretary Sajid Javid is around 14/1.
Further out, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat and Home Secretary Priti Patel have an outside chance for the top job.
Mr Sunak has long been regarded by many as Mr Johnson’s natural successor and although his favor has fallen in the last year, he remains one of the most popular Cabinet ministers.
Ms Truss has reportedly asked other Tory MPs for the top post, despite only being appointed Foreign Secretary late last year.
If Mr Johnson resigns, it will spark a Conservative leadership contest, with the winner taking over both the party and the Prime Minister’s position.
The competition takes place in two phases. In the first stage, conservative MPs stand as candidates.
All Conservative MPs then vote in a series of rounds to reduce the number of candidates until only two remain.
In the second phase of the competition, Conservative Party members will vote between the final two candidates.
Yes, if Mr Johnson refuses to step down he could be forced, but only by his fellow Conservative MPs.
Ms Gray and those conducting the investigations into the parties have no power to sanction the Prime Minister or other officials.
A leadership contest may be sparked when 15 per cent of Tory MPs write to the chairman of the 1922 Backbench Committee saying they no longer have faith in Mr Johnson.
A no-confidence vote then takes place, with Conservative MPs voting for or against the leader. If more than 50 percent vote against the leader, they will be overthrown.
As of January 12, 2022 there are 360 Conservative MPs, meaning 54 letters would result in a vote of confidence.
A leader who loses a vote of confidence may not participate in the subsequent leadership contest.
Votes of confidence can happen quickly. For example, the vote of no confidence in Theresa May took place on December 12, 2018, the day after she was told that the 15 percent threshold had been reached.
She needed 159 MPs supporting her to remain in office and won the vote 200 to 117