With the former prime minister Boris Johnson out, the firm favourite to be the new prime minister is Rishi Sunak – and, unless Penny Mordaunt assembles an army of supporters many times greater than those currently signed up, and between now and lunchtime, Sunak’s victory could be confirmed this afternoon.
Whatever happens there’ll be a new prime minister by the end of the week.
Yes, a third prime minister in seven weeks.
An unprecedented level of turbulence; a calamitous series of events that most Conservatives acknowledge privately has amounted to a circus of absurdity deeply damaging to their party’s reputation.
The winner will inherit the same groaning basket of problems that proved too heavy for Liz Truss to bear: a deeply divided party; spiralling prices, grim public finances and a chorus of opposition parties saying they have no electoral legitimacy.
But they’ll hope too the Conservative Party’s apparent insatiable appetite for insurrection may finally be sated. If it isn’t, a toweringly difficult task will rapidly become impossible.
The Daily Express says that he’s set to be crowned the next prime minister after Boris Johnson pulled out of the race for No10.
The Sun writes that he’s on course to be Britain’s new prime minister by tea time on Monday after Johnson stepped aside to avoid chaos.
The Daily Mirror reports that Sunak is on the brink of becoming Britain’s latest “unelected PM”. The paper says “humiliated” Johnson claimed he had the numbers for a return but feared he would split the party.