Boris Johnson resigns latest– live: Tom Tugendhat launches leadership bid after PM quits



Who could replace Boris Johnson in the role of prime minister?

Former soldier Tom Tugendhat has become the first Tory MP to confirm that he will compete to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister.

The chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, who has never served in government, said he would offer the party a “fresh start” after Mr Johnson announced his resignation on Thursday.

Writing in The Daily TelegraphMr Tugendhat said: “I am putting together a broad coalition of colleagues that will bring new energy and ideas to government and, finally, to bridge the Brexit divide that has dominated our recent history.

“I have served before – in the military, and now in Parliament. Now I hope to answer the call once again as prime minister. It’s time for a clean start. It’s time for renewal.”

The revealing of intentions by the Tonbridge and Malling MP comes after PA news agency reported that former health secretary Sajid Javid and transport secretary Grant Shapps are also considering running in the leadership race.

A timetable for the leadership race will be announced next week.

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No clear front-runner in race to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister

The starting gun has fired in the contest to replace Boris Johnson in No 10, but there is no obvious front-runner.

Mr Johnson will remain as prime minister until a successor is in place, expected to be by the time of the Conservative Party conference in October.

Here are some of the potential contenders to be the new Tory leader, in alphabetical order:

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ICYMI: Minister resumes job day after quitting in protest

Conservative MP Will Quince has agreed to return to his old job as children’s minister only one day after resigning in protest at having to defend Boris Johnson over the Chris Pincher scandal:

Read the full story here by adam forrest

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Biden: US will continue ‘close cooperation’ with UK

The United States will continue its “close co-operation” with the UK in the wake of Boris Johnson’s resignation, President Joe Biden said.

In a brief statement, Mr Biden did not mention Mr Johnson by name or refer to his resignation.

But he said his administration would continue to work with the UK government alongside other allies and partners.

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson at the recent G7 summit in Germany

(Stefan Rousseau/PA)

“The United Kingdom and the United States are the closest of friends and allies, and the special relationship between our people remains strong and enduring,” Mr Biden said in the statement reported by the ABC network.

“I look forward to continuing our close co-operation with the government of the United Kingdom, as well as our allies and partners around the world, on a range of important priorities.

“That includes maintaining a strong and united approach to supporting the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against Putin’s brutal war on their democracy, and holding Russia accountable for its actions.”

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Tory MPs at Spectator party silent on Boris Johnson

Several MPs who attended the Spectator summer party on Thursday night refused to comment on Boris Johnson’s resignation as prime minister.

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, education secretary James Cleverly, former leveling up secretary Michael Gove – who Mr Johnson sacked on Wednesday – and Cop26 president Alok Sharma ignored reporters when they were asked who the future leader of the Conservatives could be and what they thought about the PM .

Mr Johnson’s sister, journalist Rachel Johnson, also declined to comment as she left the party.

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Matt Hancock says he will not launch bid to become PM

Former health secretary Matt Hancock has said he will not be running in the Conservative leadership election.

He was speaking outside of Spectator magazine’s summer party, where he went outside to meet his partner Gina Coladangelo before heading back in.

At the party, he said Boris Johnson was “of course” the right person to lead the country over the next few months.

He told journalists: “No, I’m not going to stand, but I care deeply that it’s somebody who will deliver for people, and will really make sure that the Conservative Party is there to get through difficult times.”

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What could Boris Johnson do next?

Boris Johnson’s resignation has sparked questions as to where his career will go as he awaits the election of a new Tory leader to replace him as prime minister.

But in the unlikely event that he runs out of ideas for his next moves, he can draw some inspiration from his predecessors’ post-Downing Street careers.

You can check out my compilation of what former PMs have done after leaving Downing Street here:

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Pictures: PM supported by family and allies after resignation

Pictures from behind the scenes at Downing Street show Boris Johnson surrounded by his family and supporters soon after he announced his resignation to the public.

(Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street)

Cabinet ministers Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries were among those to welcome the PM back into No 10 after he finished his speech at a lecture outside – while protesters on Whitehall booed.

(Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street)

Pictures show Mr Johnson embracing his wife Carrie, who has their daughter Romy strapped to her front in a baby carrier, and him hugging their son Wilfred – who has inherited his father’s tousled blonde hair.

(Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street)

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Boris Johnson should stay as PM until autumn, says Dr Liam Fox

Former Cabinet minister Dr Liam Fox has said Boris Johnson should be able to remain in position until his successor is announced.

Mr Johnson, when announcing his resignation on Thursday, said that he should be able to remain as prime minister for the next several months.

Boris Johnson and Dr Liam Fox

(AFP via Getty Images)

Yesterday, Dr Fox – who used to serve in government as international trade secretary until July 2019 – said Mr Johnson should quit and that he “no longer had confidence” in him as leader.

When asked if Mr Johnson should remain until autumn, Dr Fox said: “Yes, I think the precedent is there, David Cameron stayed until his successor was elected, Theresa May stayed until her successor was elected.

“So the precedent is clear and I think to change that would be a big mistake.”

Asked who he is backing, Dr Fox replied: “Let’s see who the candidates are first.”

He added: “We should have a leader who believes in Brexit, believes in the transatlantic alliance, believes in free trade and believes in free markets. It used to be called conservatism.”

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Exclusive: Leaked £200,000 invoice for No 11 flat renovation

The Independent has obtained a leaked copy of the invoice for the renovation of No 11 Downing Street, which shows it cost more than £200,000.

Items ordered by Boris and Carrie Johnson from interior designer Lulu Lytle include a £3,675 drinks trolley, £2,260 worth of the gold wallpaper that the PM privately complained his wife had purchased, and a £500 tablecloth.

Read the full story here by simon walters

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Tom Tugendhat decides to run in Tory leadership contest

Tory backbencher Tom Tugendhat has become the first MP to throw his hat into the ring to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister.

The chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and former soldier, who has never served in government, said he would offer the party a “fresh start”.

Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Tugendhat

(PA Archive)

Writing in The Daily Telegraphhe said: “I am putting together a broad coalition of colleagues that will bring new energy and ideas to government and, finally, to bridge the Brexit divide that has dominated our recent history.

“I have served before – in the military, and now in Parliament. Now I hope to answer the call once again as prime minister. It’s time for a clean start. It’s time for renewal.”

Former health secretary Sajid Javid and transport secretary Grant Shapps are reportedly considering competing for the prime minister job – but they have yet to voice their decisions.


www.independent.co.uk

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