Tory leadership contenders 2022: who could replace Boris Johnson


Candidates lining up to be the next prime minister include Penny Mordaunt, Steve Baker and Ben Wallace

Johnson, who resigned as Conservative Party leader following the Chris Pincher scandal, will remain Prime Minister until a replacement is secured.


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Here’s everything you need to know about who could replace Boris Johnson.

The former health secretary finished fourth in the race for the Conservative leadership in 2019 (Image: Getty Images)

The former health secretary resigned on July 5 in response to the PM’s handling of the Chris Pincher scandal.


He has since been rumored to be set to replace Johnson.

Javid is no stranger to the race for the Conservative leadership as he finished fourth in his bid to replace Theresea May in 2019.


The MP has been here before, finishing fourth in the Conservative leadership race in 2019.

Rishi Sunak resigned as Chancellor along with Sajid Javid on July 5 (Image: Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak has been MP for Richmond (Yorks) since 2014.


He resigned as chancellor along with Javid on July 5, citing “leadership concerns”.

Sunak is responsible for running the holiday program during the Covid-19 pandemic.


He was criticized for his reaction to the rising cost of living and the news that his wife had Non-Dom tax status.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was a firm supporter of Boris Johnson (Image: Getty Images)

Liz Truss has been MP for South West Norfolk since 2010.


The Secretary of State believed strongly in Johnson and declared that she was “100% behind the Prime Minister”.

Truss ended her attendance at the G20 meeting to return to London following the PM’s resignation.


She made some memorable mistakes during her time as foreign minister, confusing the Baltic Sea with the Black Sea and confusing the Greek foreign minister with a singer, some of the most memorable.

Nadim Zahawi was appointed Chancellor on July 5 (Image: Getty Images)

The newly appointed Chancellor previously served as Vaccines Minister and Education Minister during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Zahawi was born in Iraq in 1967, his family moved to Great Britain after Saddam Hussein came to power.

He made his fortune by founding the online survey platform YouGov.

Jeremy Hunt lost to Boris Johnson in the 2019 Conservative leadership race (Image: Getty Images)

Jeremy Hunt has been MP for South West Surrey since 2005.

He joined the government in 2010 as culture minister and later held positions in the cabinet, including health minister and foreign minister.


As the remaining voter, Hunt was defeated in the final leadership contest in 2019 against Boris Johnson

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Attorney General Suella Braverman was already running for the race before Boris Johnson resigned (Image: Getty Images)

She has been Attorney General for England and Wales since 2020.


Even before the prime minister confirmed he was leaving, she had already expressed interest in running.

A staunch supporter of Brexit, Braverman paved the way for women cabinet ministers to take maternity leave, having been the first to do so during her tenure.

Mordaunt has been MP for Portsmouth North since 2010 (Image: Getty Images)

The former defense secretary was fired by Johnson but is now in the running to replace him.

She is a strong believer in Brexit and has been heavily involved in the Vote Leave campaign.


The former magician’s assistant has also taken part in Tom Daley’s reality TV show Splash on Channel 4.

Michael Gove has competed in two Conservative Party leadership races, finishing third each time (Image: Getty Images)

He has served in a number of cabinet positions under Conservative Prime Ministers.


Most recently, he was Secretary of State for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities before being fired by Johnson.

Gove has previously suggested himself for a leadership role, finishing third in both the 2016 and 2019 races.

Ben Wallace is the current Secretary of Defense (Image: Getty Images)

Ben Wallace has been MP for Wyre and Preston North since 2005.

The defense secretary served as a captain in the Scots Guards and is rumored to hold the record for the most expensive bar bill left in the wardroom.


He has served in Northern Ireland, Germany, Belize and Cyprus and was also involved in the repatriation of Princess Diana after her death in Paris.

Steve Baker has entered the Conservative leadership race (Picture: Getty Images)

Steve Baker has been MP for High Wycombe since 2010.


The former RAF engineer, a staunch supporter of Brexit, said he was “begged” by his colleagues to join the race.