Five in race to replace May as British PM

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in London, on May 24, 2019.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in London, on May 24, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Five Conservative contenders have thrown their hats into the ring to be the next British prime minister after Mrs Theresa May's tearful exit, and even more are expected to enter the fray for the country's top job in the coming days.

British Health Minister Matt Hancock yesterday became the latest Tory to announce his intent to seek the premiership, not long after former foreign minister Boris Johnson, current Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart and former work and pensions minister Esther McVey staked their claims.

A total of about 16 contenders are expected.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 26, 2019, with the headline 'Five in race to replace May as British PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe