Boris Johnson resigns – live: Tory leadership race underway

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Boris Johnson has told ministers he will not seek to implement any new directives for the remainder of his term in office

The Tory leadership race is underway, with some contenders already announcing their candidacy while others are assessing whether they have the support to take on a serious challenge.

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Attorney General Suella Braverman has told ITV’s Robert Peston that she would like to be the next Prime Minister – and made the announcement before Mr Johnson resigned.

The chairman of the Commons’ foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat, threw his hat in the ring and said he was forming a “broad coalition” that offered a “clean start”.

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The former soldier wrote in The Daily Telegraph: “I have served before – in the military and now in Parliament. Now I hope to follow the call as prime minister again.”

Arch-Brexiteer Steve Baker also said he was “seriously” considering running to become the next leader.

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Meanwhile, senior Tories are putting increasing pressure on Mr Johnson to step down immediately and not wait for a new leader to be elected.

Some MPs fear a summer of “chaos” if he stays at No. 10 while a leadership contest – which could last for weeks or even months – takes place.

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However, at a cabinet meeting on Thursday (July 8), Mr Johnson told ministers he would not seek to implement any new directives during his remainder of his term in office.

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Last updated: Friday, July 08, 2022 at 09:16

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Labor will call a no-confidence vote in the Prime Minister if Tories don’t get rid of him immediately

Labor will call a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister if the Conservative Party doesn’t get rid of him immediately, Angela Rayner has said

The Labor Deputy Leader told the BBC’s Today programme:

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“We will if the Conservatives don’t get their act together and get rid of Boris Johnson, you know he has no faith in his own party.

“He’s a proven liar who’s gotten into the dirt and we can’t have that for a few more months, you know.

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“So they have to get rid of him and if they don’t we will call a vote of no confidence because it’s pretty clear – he doesn’t have the confidence of the House or the British public.”

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Major: ‘imprudent and untenable’ for Johnson to stay in office

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said it would be “unwise and possibly unsustainable” for Boris Johnson to remain in office while a new Tory leader is elected.

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“In such circumstances, the Prime Minister retains the power of patronage and, more importantly, the power to make decisions that will affect the lives of people across all four nations of the United Kingdom and beyond.

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“Some will argue that his new cabinet will hold him back. All I can say is that his previous cabinet did not – or could not – do that.”

Sir John suggested that Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab could be acting Prime Minister until a new leader is elected.

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Or he said Tory MPs could choose the new leader who would become Prime Minister, with party members then asked to support the decision.

Sir John said: “None of these options is ideal, but the interests of the country must come first above all else and, in the face of so many long-term and critical issues, an imaginative response must be provided, even at the risk of feeling hurt within the party – is definitely in the national interest.”

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Watch: Day of dramatic reaction as PM resigns

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Dominic Raab and Michael Gove are ruling out leadership offers

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and former Leveling Up Secretary Michael Gove have confirmed they will not be in the leadership race to replace Boris Johnson.

After Mr Johnson’s resignation, all eyes turned to potential candidates to take over as Tory leader and Prime Minister.

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Suella Braverman, Grant Shapps and Sajid Javid are believed to be considering starting a leadership bid.

The current bookies favorite to succeed Mr Johnson is Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace.

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See: Who Should Be the Next Prime Minister?

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Boris Johnson speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after his resignation speech

Boris Johnson maintained close ties with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Boris Johnson spoke to Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelesnky after his resignation speech at Number 10.

The pair have developed a close personal and political relationship following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and subsequent support from Britain.

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A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister highlighted the UK’s unwavering cross-party support for President Zelenskyy’s people and said Britain will continue to provide essential defense assistance for as long as is needed.

“The Prime Minister added that he will continue to work expeditiously with partners to try to end the grain blockade in the coming weeks.

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“He thanked President Zelenskyy for everything he does to stand up for freedom, for his friendship and for the kindness of the Ukrainian people.

“President Zelenskyy thanked the Prime Minister for his decisive action in Ukraine and said the Ukrainian people are grateful for the UK’s efforts.

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“The prime minister ended the call by praising President Zelenskyy and saying, ‘You are a hero, everyone loves you’.”

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Labor MP: Johnson could ‘endanger the security of the country’ if he takes too long to cede power

Labor MP Chris Bryant said outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson could “endanger the country’s security and economy” if he took too long to cede power.

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“He has not yet resigned, he said he will resign later this year.

“It’s now in the hands of the Conservative Party to decide how long that’s going to be, if it’s going to be a couple of days, ok maybe he can stay.

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“If it takes months he can’t stay because that endangers the country’s security and economy because he’s going to be a completely lame prime minister.

“I think we either have a new prime minister by the end of next week or there will certainly be a confidence vote in the House of Commons.

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“The whole Tory party is to blame, they put him in there and it took them forever and ever to get to that point, even if he clearly broke every rule.”

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Sir John Major: ‘Unwise’ for Boris Johnson to remain in office while new leader is elected

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said it would be “unwise and possibly unsustainable” for Boris Johnson to remain in office while a new Tory leader is elected.

In a letter to the 1922 Tory Committee chairman, Sir Graham Brady, Sir John said:

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“The suggestion that the Prime Minister stay in office – for up to three months – after losing the support of his cabinet, government and group is unwise and potentially untenable.

“In such circumstances, the Prime Minister retains the power of patronage and, more importantly, the power to make decisions that will impact the lives of people across all four nations of the United Kingdom and beyond.

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“Some will argue that his new cabinet will hold him back. All I can say is that his previous cabinet did not – or could not – do that.”

Sir John suggested that Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab could be acting Prime Minister until a new leader is elected.

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