British Conservatives will narrow the field of contenders to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson down to two hopefuls, with pundits predicting Liz Truss is a likely contender as she
Conservatives pick final two challengers to replace Johnson
Britain’s Conservative Party will choose two finalists on Wednesday in the contest to replace Boris Johnson, as the divisive, unrepentant leader makes his final appearance in Parliament as prime minister.
Johnson, who quit on July 7 after months of ethics scandals but remains caretaker leader until the party elects his successor, will face derisive opposition politicians and weary Conservatives at the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session. Parliament adjourns for the summer on Thursday, and Conservatives will spend the next six weeks electing a new leader, who will also become prime minister.
Conservative lawmakers will hold a final elimination vote on Wednesday afternoon to cut the field of three remaining candidates down to two.
Former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt are battling for the run-off spots. The two finalists will go to a vote by all 180,000 members of the Conservative Party, with a winner scheduled to be announced on September 5.