Support 110 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
17 October 2018updated 07 Sep 2021 11:45am

Theresa May ousted as leader of the Conservative party

A contest to select her replacement will now get underway.

By Stephen Bush

Theresa May has lost a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party. A full election for the role of leader must now be held, in which she cannot stand.

Under the rules of the Tory party, MPs will whittle down the field of candidates to a field of just two, who will then face election by ordinary party members. This makes it the first time in the history of the United Kingdom that a sitting Prime Minister will have been chosen in this way.

Parliamentarians are expected to have a wide field to choose from. Sitting Cabinet ministers Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, and Amber Rudd are all tipped to stand, as well as Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Esther McVey, all currently on the backbenches.

Select and enter your email address Your weekly guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture every Saturday - from the New Statesman. The New Statesman's quick and essential guide to the news and politics of the day. Stay up to date with NS events, subscription offers & updates. Weekly analysis of the shift to a new economy from the New Statesman's Spotlight on Policy team.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.