The conservative leadership contest has entered its final round this week, with the new leader to be announced on Monday.
The two candidates vying to become the next prime minister, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, have already competed in 11 races, with the last one taking place in London on Wednesday.
Most of the party members will have already cast their vote, but the two aspiring leaders hope to win over those who are still undecided in the few days left.
The voting will end on Friday 2 September.
Here is a timeline of the key dates of the race:
– August 31, 2022
The 12th and final official tour will take place on Wednesday in London from 7pm to 10pm.
The event will be streamed online.
The Foreign Minister and the former Chancellor are expected to question the tax cuts and their conflicting visions for the UK economy again.
In particular, the two candidates will likely discuss how they intend to help families with the cost of living crisis, after Ofgem confirmed on Friday an 80% increase in the energy price cap.
The increase in the price limit means that the average household’s annual bill will go from £ 1,971 to £ 3,549 from October.
– September 2, 2022
Ballots were sent to Tory party members by mail between August 1 and August 5.
The voting will end on Friday 2 September at 5.00 pm.
Ballots received after that deadline will not be counted, says the Conservative Party’s website.
– September 5, 2022
The candidate who receives the most votes from Tory party members will become the new Conservative Party leader and next prime minister.
The winner of the competition will be announced on Monday 5 September, the date of the return of Parliament, by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Committee of Conservative Parliamentarians in 1922.
The new leader should make a speech after the announcement and then spend the rest of the day finalizing their choices for the broader cabinet and ministerial roles and writing their first prime ministerial speech.
Boris Johnson will remain Prime Minister until the following day.
– September 6, 2022
Mr. Johnson is expected to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace to resign on September 6.
According to reports, however, the queen may be staying at Balmoral Castle in Scotland rather than heading to London for her main constitutional duty.
According to the reported plans, Mr. Johnson and the new prime minister would instead head to Balmoral Castle for the ceremony.
Mr. Johnson would formally resign his resignation and the Queen would then appoint her successor, where she or he would be invited to form a government.
After the appointment of a new Prime Minister, the Circular of the Court will record that “the Prime Minister kissed his hands at the time of the appointment”.
This is literally not the case, and it is usually a handshake. In fact, the actual hand kissing will happen later at the Privy Council.
Later that day, the new prime minister will have to make his first speech off 10 Downing Street and enter the building for the first time as a PM.
After that, she or he will need to assume high-level cabinet posts and hold meetings with senior public officials to receive nuclear codes and updates on national security matters.