2019 Conservative Party leadership election facts for kids
Full results for all candidates below
The 2019 Conservative Party leadership election happened when the prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May, announced on 24 May 2019 that she would resign as leader on 7 June, and resign as Prime Minister when a replacement is elected.
Nominations closed on 10 June 2019 with ten candidates officially being nominated. The first ballot of MPs took place on 13 June. A second one took place on 18 June with a third on 19 June and a fourth and fifth ballot on 20 June. The entire contest is expected to be completed by mid-July. After the fifth ballot, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson were the final two candidates. The general membership of the party elected Johnson as the leader by postal ballot on 22 July 2019.
The following MPs were officially nominated by the Conservative Party as candidates for the leadership position. Each candidate passed the first five ballots.
The following MP was eliminated on the fifth ballot on 20 June. They failed to obtain over 24% of the votes to advance further into the contest.
The following MP was eliminated on the fourth ballot on 20 June. They failed to obtain over 50 votes to advance further into the contest.
The following MP was eliminated on the third ballot on 19 June. They failed to obtain over 30 votes to advance further into the contest.
The following MP was eliminated on the second ballot on 18 June. They failed to obtain over 30 votes to advance further into the contest.
The following MPs were eliminated on the first ballot on 13 June. They failed to obtain 17 votes to advance further into the contest.
During the ballot
The following individuals were officially nominated as a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party but then eventually withdrew after the first ballot of the race, due to insufficient support or other reasons:
Before the ballot
The following individuals announced that they would seek the leadership of the Conservative Party but then eventually did not stand, or withdrew before the first ballot of the race, due to insufficient support or other reasons:
|Candidate on membership ballot|
|Candidate eliminated during MP ballots|
|Theresa May announces resignation|
|Theresa May resigns as Conservative leader|
|Postal ballots distributed to party members|
|Final leadership hustings|
After each ballot of Conservative MPs, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. A new rule was introduced in 2019 due to the number of candidates: In the first ballot, held on 13 June 2019, candidates also needed to pass a threshold of 17 votes to avoid elimination. In the second ballot, held on 18 June, candidates needed to pass a threshold of 33 votes to avoid elimination.
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May declares her intention to resign outside 10 Downing Street on 24 May
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