U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had one too many mishaps occur during his first year in office and could lose his status as a result. On the evening of June 6, 2022, Johnson’s fate will be determined. Conservative MPs (Members of Parliament) will hold a no-confidence vote that will decide whether Johnson should remain as the prime minister or if he will be ousted.
Here’s a look at some of the potential candidates who could take Johnson’s place as the U.K.’s prime minister.
A new vote would need to be held if MPs vote Boris Johnson out of office.
Should MPs vote in favor of ousting Johnson from his position as prime minister, he will be forced to resign. Johnson’s resignation will then prompt a new vote to be held to elect a new Conservative Party leader. Let's discuss some of the top contenders that could step into Johnson’s place.
While Truss may be an ideal candidate to take Johnson’s place, she doesn't intend to vote against him in the June 6 election. Truss expressed her support for Johnson via Twitter saying, “The Prime Minister has my 100 percent backing in today's vote and I strongly encourage colleagues to support him.”
Rishi Sunak MP
Rishi Sunak was appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer in February 2020 and has remained in this position since. Sunak is also the Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks). According to a poll that Sky News held in January, “almost half of Tory members thought Rishi Sunak would make a better leader and could win more seats at the next election than Johnson.”
Although Sunka’s popularity has reportedly dropped since then, he could potentially enter the race for prime minister should Johnson be forced to resign. In any event, Sunak, like Truss, announced via Twitter that he was backing Johnson in the no-confidence vote.
Sajid Javid MP
Sajid Javid was selected as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in June 2021. Aside from being elected Conservative MP for Bromsgrove in 2010, he has held various prominent positions including Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of Housing. According to Sky News, Javid stands as a potential candidate for prime minister given his backstory and lengthy political experience.
Nadhim Zahawi MP
Nadhim Zahawi is another who reportedly may “put his hat into the ring.” Zahawi was appointed Secretary of State for Education in September 2021. He held various positions prior to this including Partliarmenary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and was elected as Conservative MP in May 2010.
Priti Patel MP
Priti Patel has served as a Conservative MP since May 2010 and currently holds the position of Home Secretary. According to Sky News, Patel may be another to enter the running for U.K. prime minister. Although Patel reportedly tainted her name a bit over the “Channel migrant crisis,” she shouldn't be overlooked as a potential candidate.
Dominic Raab MP
Elected Conservative MP for Esher and Walton in May 2010, Dominic Raab is another who may attempt to fill Johnson’s shoes should he be ousted. Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs stepped in to take over Johnson’s leadership role when he fell ill from COVID-19 in 2020, which showed his ability to lead.