State & Ceremonial

Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson? One of these men will become The Queen’s 14th Prime Minister

Who will become The Queen’s 14th Prime Minister? We are one step closer to knowing as thirteen candidates vying for the position have now been whittled down to just two.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have been chosen by Conservative Party MPs to fight it out to become their next party leader and Prime Minister.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Sajid Javid were eliminated from the leadership contest earlier on Thursday due to a lack of support from MPs.

Over the next few weeks, Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt will attend hustings to try and win over around 150,000 Conservative Party members who will vote for their next leader in July.

As the current government is Conservative, the next party leader will become Prime Minister with no general election. This means just 0.25% of the British population will choose who Her Majesty will appoint to take residence in 10 Downing Street.

Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London and Foreign Secretary, is probably one of the UK’s best-known politicians.

With his marmite personality, Mr Johnson has always held leadership ambitions and is the most likely to succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister.

Jeremy Hunt also has a history of holding numerous government positions and has continuously served in Cabinet since 2010.

He was first appointed as Minister for the Olympics, and then become Health Secretary in 2012 – a position he held until 2018 when he became Foreign Secretary replacing Mr Johnson.

The new Prime Minister will be tasked with managing the UK’s departure from the European Union. Mr Johnson led the campaign to leave the EU during the 2016 referendum, whereas Mr Hunt campaigned to remain.

Traditionally, the Monarch appoints the Prime Minister after a General Election and asks them to form a government. However, as the new Prime Minister will not be chosen as a result of an election, there is already a government in place.