Nine Tory MPs who could take over from Liz Truss as Tory leader

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Liz Truss’s premiership is on life support with a Tory revolt exploding overnight. Many in the party now believe the Prime Minister will have no choice but to quit and give way for a new Conservative leader.

A confidence vote in the Tory leader cannot take place under current party rules for 12 months.

However, Sir Graham Brady is meeting with officers on the powerful 1922 committee of backbenchers that determines leadership election protocols later today.

It is thought that the group are ready to consider changing the rules in order to oust Ms Truss in the coming days.

It remains unclear how her successor would be appointed and whether a full leadership election would be held as in the summer or if instead just Tory MPs will be given vote.

Here, Express.co.uk looks at the runners and riders for who could replace Ms Truss.

Grant Shapps

The new Home Secretary is known among Tory MPs for being a good organiser, and an expert in spreadsheet management. He was also the party chairman when the party won the 2015 general election.

Given the lack of party discipline and the dire state of the polls, some Conservatives believe he could provide the steady hand to improve their fortunes at the next election.

Jeremy Hunt

After effectively destroying Liz Truss’s economic plan, some have already started calling Jeremy Hunt the “de facto Prime Minister”. It wouldn’t be too hard for him to move next door from No11 to No10.

Rishi Sunak

The ex-Chancellor predicted Liz Truss’s economic policies would have a disastrous impact. He was also the preferred choice for party leader among MPs in the summer’s leadership election.

Suella Braverman

After resigning from Government last night for a breach of the ministerial code, the former Home Secretary appeared to make her pitch for the top job. She set out her priorities and criticised Ms Truss for destroying the party. 

She said: “It is obvious to everyone that we are going through a tumultuous time. I have concerns about the direction of this Government.

“Not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but I have had serious concerns about this Government’s commitment to honouring manifesto commitments, such as reducing overall migration numbers and stopping illegal migration, particularly the dangerous small boats crossings.”

However, one Tory MP told Express.co.uk Ms Braverman’s letter was not meant to position her for a challenge for the top job.

They said: “I don’t think Suella Braverman was launching a leadership bid. She is unhappy to have lost the job in the way she did, but I don’t believe she has ambitions to be Prime Minister at this moment”

Ben Wallace

Well respected not just in the Conservative party but across the whole of Parliament, Ben Wallace is seen as a competent and safe pair of hands.

He ruled out ruling for the leadership in the summer due to personal reasons, saying: “You have to want it above all else, to be ruthless at one level.

“I can be ruthless in certain things. But I have three teenage children, my wife and I had separated, so no one’s going to come and live with me in Chequers.”

However, asked if he would consider a leadership bid if there was a vacancy in the future, he told a fringe event at the party’s annual conference earlier this month: “I don’t rule it out.”

Kemi Badenoch

Kemi Badenoch was a popular figure in the summer leadership election and was seen to be untarnished by serving under Boris Johnson due to her relatively junior position.

Her who campaign was built on restoring “trust” in the Conservatives. Opinion polls suggest this is exactly what the party needs to work on with voters.

Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt finished the third favourite of Tory MPs in the summer leadership election.

It means she has significant support within the parliamentary party but at the same time did not alienate party members by being part of the divisive head-to-head knockout round of the leadership race.

Theresa May

Rumours have been swirling around Westminster this week that the former Prime Minister might be the perfect person to help add a bit of calm to the storm engulfing the party.

While her own stint in No10 was not known to being smooth sailing, some in the party believe she has the respect necessary to unite the party.

Rumours have been swirling around Westminster this week that the former Prime Minister might be the perfect person to help add a bit of calm to the storm engulfing the party.

While her own stint in No10 was not known to being smooth sailing, some in the party believe she has the respect necessary to unite the party.

Boris Johnson

Plenty in the party never thought Boris Johnson should have been forced out of office in July.

They see him as one of the most important factors in winning the 2019 general election.

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