Conservative Leadership Election: Who Could Be The Next Prime Minister Of Britain?

Post-Brexit Britain is a confusing place . Find out who is running for head of the Conservative Party.

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Post-Brexit Britain is a confusing place. And now we have to figure out how the Conservative Party leadership election actually works.

With new factions developing daily within political parties, across the political spectrum, and politicians resigning left right and centre, it is difficult to see who is charge of what anymore.  

With David Cameron set to stand down as Prime Minister in October, it seems that the most important question is now - who will be our next PM? 

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And how will that happen?

And what will they be looking out for?

Okay, that's three questions.

We've compiled a list of all the most important players in politics right now, and where they stand on the question of the new PM. 

The person to take the position of Prime Minister is particularly significant in the current political atmosphere.  As Cameron has refused to incite Article 50 - which is something that needs to happen for the ball to get rolling on our departure from the EU - all the Brexit negotiations will be overseen by the, as yet unknown, Prime Minister of the future. 

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There are currently five candidates running.  

This will soon become two, after a vote by conservative MPs. 

After that, the members of the Conservative Party (all 150,000 of them) will vote for their next leader. 

This leader will become the Prime Minister for the next two years, when there will be another election that the public may take part in. Many people are angry about this, as they feel that a general election should be called so that the public has a chance to participate in choosing the next leader of the country, regardless of how temporary he or she may be.

The winner of the leadership position and therefore the new PM, will be announced on Friday 9th September, 2016.

So let's take a look at them:

Theresa May

Theresa May is an Oxford graduate and currently home secretary. She was a mild Remain supporter throughout the EU campaign. 

May is 59 years-old, and has been tough on matters concerning immigration previously, promising to 'create a new government department responsible for conducting Britain's negotiation with the EU.' 

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She's had some suspicious moments when it comes to gay rights, but seems to be moving in a more accepting direction.

May currently has 112 supporters, making her the current front runner.

Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom is currently a minister in the department for energy and climate change. 

When asked whether Farage would be involved in her negotiating team should she win, Leadsom said 'I don't want to get into who would do what'. 

She has said that it wouldn't make sense to vote in Theresa May, as 'the Prime Minister resigned because he didn't back leaving - it would be odd to appoint somebody who also didn't believe in it.' 

Currently, Leadsom has 31 backers which puts her in second place.

Michael Gove

Michael Gove is currently the Justice Secretary and was a primary campaigner for 'Vote Leave.' 

When asked whether he would put himself up for the position in June, Gove said 'I can tell you I'm absolutely not. The one thing I can tell you is there are lots of talented people who could be prime minister after David Cameron but count me out.'

Upon announcing his intention to stand, he said 'I have come, reluctantly, to the conclusion that Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead.' 

At the moment, Gove has 27 supporters putting him in third place. Boris Johnson retracted his intention to run, shortly after Gove announced that he would compete. 

Stephen Crabb 

Stephen Crabb, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, is standing and currently has 21 supporters. 

Liam Fox

Liam Fox, the former Secretary of State for Defence, currently has 8 supporters. 

It is the general consensus that Fox and Crabb are unlikely to be elected over May, Gove or Leadsom, who currently have the most support.  

To keep up with the developments in politics ATM, follow these twitter accounts for live updates:

@BBCpolitics

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