Conservative Party leadership contenders

The Conservative Party leadership contest is underway. Ten contenders official entered the contest. They have now been narrowed down to the final two, who will now face a vote of Conservative Party members. 

Who are the final two contenders? | What are their policy proposals? | What happened in the first phase of the contest?

Who are the final two contenders for the Conservative Party leadership?

The two final contenders for the Conservative Party leadership are Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson. They will now face hustings across the country before party members cast their votes.

Jeremy Hunt is the current Foreign Secretary, a role he has held since July 2018. Previously he was Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (2012–18) and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2010–12). Since the 2005 General Election he has been the Member of Parliament for South West Surrey.

Boris Johnson was Foreign Secretary between July 2016 and July 2018, when he resigned over the Government’s white paper proposals for the future relationship between the UK and the EU. He was Mayor of London between 2008 and 2016. He has been the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since the 2015 General Election. He was also the MP for Henley from 2001–08, a post he resigned from once he won the London mayoralty.

What are their policy proposals?

Brexit is the defining issue of the leadership contest. The candidates are setting out their positions based on a number of big questions, including their preferred Brexit outcome, whether or not they would leave without a deal and if they are open to a further extension. They have also made various policy proposals on non-Brexit related issues.

Comparison of Hunt and Johnson policy pledges

 

What happened in the first phase of the contest?

The first phase of the contest consisted of recurring rounds of votes by Conservative MPs.

Three contenders – James Cleverly, Sam Gyimah and Kit Malthouse – dropped out before the race formally began.

The results of each round of voting were:

Round

Successful (votes)

Eliminated (votes)

13 June Michael Gove (37)

Matt Hancock (20)

Jeremy Hunt (43)

Sajid Javid (23)

Boris Johnson (114)

Dominic Raab (27)

Rory Stewart (19)
Mark Harper (10)*

Andrea Leadsom (11)*

Esther McVey (9)*
18 June Michael Gove (41)

Jeremy Hunt (46)

Sajid Javid (33)

Boris Johnson (126)

Rory Stewart (37)
Dominic Raab (30)*
19 June Michael Gove (51)

Jeremy Hunt (54)

Sajid Javid (38)

Boris Johnson (143)
Rory Stewart (27)
20 June – morning Michael Gove (61)

Jeremy Hunt (59)

Boris Johnson (157)
Sajid Javid (34)
20 June – afternoon Jeremy Hunt (77)

Boris Johnson (160)
Michael Gove (75)

*Indicates candidates did not mean necessary threshold: 5% of votes (16) on 13 June and 10% of votes (32) on 18 June. Despite meeting the first round threshold, Matt Hancock pulled out of the race on 13 June.