Who could replace Boris Johnson as PM prepares to resign? | The Sun

BORIS Johnson's would-be successors are bracing for battle amid claims the PM will quit this morning.

It's understood Mr Johnson will step down after facing one of the biggest rebellions in British political history.

A race to replace him as Tory leader and British prime minister will now begin.

Attorney General Suella Braverman became the first Conservative to announce her leadership bid today.

However, big Conservative hitters like Rishi Sunak, Nadhim Zahawi, Liz Truss, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt are all expected to put themselves forward too.

More than 1,000 Sun readers were quizzed on who they'd like in the post.

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Mr Sunak came out on top, receiving 36.66 per cent of the vote.

In second place is Ben Wallace, with 21.92 per cent, while Ms Truss took the bronze with 14.49 per cent of the vote.

Mr Hunt, who has cast his hat into the ring against Boris before, received just 7.24 per cent.

Bookies are also taking bets on who could step in.

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Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Suella Braverman has seemingly thrown her hat into the ring.

"Given the interest we've seen so far this morning, we wouldn't be surprised to see her close the gap on the frontrunners over the next few hours."

So what do Brits want to happen next?

Penny Mordaunt – Odds: 5/1

BREXIT: The 49-year-old trade minister and Navy reservist goes down a storm with Tory rank and file.

She's currently the favourite to become the next PM.

But she annoyed colleagues by openly campaigning during Mr Johnson's various political woes.

Rishi Sunak – Odds: 11/2

BREXIT: Once a leader-in-waiting, the former Chancellor, 42, suffered a hit when his wife was revealed to hold non-dom status.

Party grassroots unhappy at the cost-of-living crisis but has public goodwill for Covid cash.

Ben Wallace – Odds: 6/1

REMAIN: Popular Cabinet minister with Tory members after proving solid Defence Secretary in Ukraine and Afghanistan conflicts.

Decorated ex-Army officer, 47, who some think could steady the ship.

Liz Truss – Odds: 7/1

REMAIN: Fiercely ambitious, social media-friendly Foreign Secretary, 46, would appeal to the party rank and file as a tax-cutting heir to Thatcher.

Now an advocate of Brexit despite voting Remain in referendum.

Sajid Javid – Odds 8/1

REMAIN: Appointed Health Secretary after Matt Hancock resigned.

Previously quit as Chancellor in February 2020 over a furious row with Mr Johnson concerning his staff.

Mr Javid walked out on the Government after being offered the chance to stay in a Cabinet reshuffle – but only if he fired all of his advisers.

Nadhim Zahawi – Odds: 8/1

BREXIT: New Chancellor of Exchequer, 55.

Catapulted into the Cabinet after ­successful stint as vaccines minister.

Back-story as Iraqi refugee who went from arriving without any English to running schools.

Jeremy Hunt – Odds: 10/1

REMAIN: Ex-Health Secretary, 55, finally wielded the knife in June’s confidence vote.

Polling shows he would be beaten by every other candidate in the last round.

Remainer would struggle to win over Brexiteers.

Tom Tugendhat – Odds 14/1

REMAIN: This backbench MP has never been a Government minister but has hinted at a bid to be Conservative leader.

The 48-year-old has a senior role as chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

Suella Braverman – Odds 33/1

BREXIT: Attorney General Ms Braverman is still in her role, despite calling for the PM to quit and saying she will stand in the contest to replace him. 

She was previously a huge ally of Mr Johnson's, but said today: "Circumstances have dramatically changed in the last 48 hours."

Ms Braverman's previous odds were 100/1.

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