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Tory leadership race tightens as MP threshold raised

12 July 2022

4:34 AM

12 July 2022

4:34 AM

The 1922 Committee has this evening agreed to change the Tory leadership rules so as to raise the threshold of the number of MP nominations required to enter the race. Each candidate will need 20 supporters, including a proposer and seconder, in order to enter. They will then need to secure 30 votes in the first round to progress.

As for the timetable, Sir Graham Brady – chair of the 1922 committee – said a new leader would be announced by 5th September. In terms of the parliamentary round, things could move very quickly indeed. The first ballot will take place on Wednesday then likely the second on Thursday. Brady suggested the final two could have been agreed as soon as next Monday.

So, who does this benefit? This is a significant increase to the threshold which in 2019 was at just eight nominations. It could disadvantage those with a lower profile or who are in the early stages of their campaign. The desire here is to make sure there is plenty of time for hustings over the summer. As for those who face an uphill task now to secure those numbers, the only candidate out with over 30 nominations is Rishi Sunak. In second place is Penny Mordaunt, who this evening topped a ConHome poll for next leader, on 23 nominations. The other camps say they have more supporters to come out – but some could really struggle such as Grant Shapps who is on eight nominations and Rehman Chishti who is on zero. What’s more, the announcement could be the trigger required to get the right of the party to rally round a candidate – right now the vote is divided.

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