Next Conservative Party (UK) leadership election

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Conservative Party (UK) leadership election
United Kingdom
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Incumbent Leader

David Cameron

During the 2015 general election campaign, David Cameron, the current Leader of the Conservative Party, announced that he would not seek a third term; he is therefore expected to stand down before the next general election,[1] which would trigger the next Conservative Party leadership election. Although the date of the leadership election is not known, the winner could also succeed Cameron as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as the Conservative Party is currently the majority party in the House of Commons.[2]


Publicly expressed interest

As of September 2019, the following potential candidates have publicly expressed interest in running for party leader.


As of September 2019, the following individuals have been the subjects of speculation as potential leadership candidates.

Cabinet ministers
Junior ministers
Backbench MPs


The following individuals were the focus of media speculation as being possible leadership candidates, but have ruled out a bid.

Opinion polling

Poll source Date(s)
of error
YouGov[18] 23–26 February 2016 1,005 Conservative Party members ± 4% 7% 43% 19% 1% 22% 7%
Ipsos MORI/Evening Standard[19][20] 14–17 November 2015 307 Conservative voters[lower-alpha 1] 32% 26% 23% 19%
1,021 British residents[lower-alpha 2] ± 4% 25% 19% 11% 45%
Ipsos MORI[21] 19–23 September 2015 395 Conservative voters[lower-alpha 1] 29% 18% 32% 20%
1,255 British residents[lower-alpha 2] 27% 17% 15% 41%
Survation/Huffington Post UK[22][23] 21–22 September 2015 303 Conservative voters[lower-alpha 1] 2.0% 2.9% 30.4% 16.3% 0.9% 26.2% 21.3%
1,008 British residents[lower-alpha 2] 1.9% 2% 25% 11.2% 2.1% 14.6% 43.3%
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 People who are likely to vote Conservative in next general election.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Residents over 18 in Great Britain.


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  17. "Michael Gove rules out running for Tory leader and says his friendship with David Cameron will survive the referendum'". Telegraph. 6 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Tory membership warms to Brexit Boris". YouGov. 2 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Public confidence in George Osborne slips – but few think Labour would do a better job". Ipsos MORI. 20 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Joe Murphy (20 November 2015). "Boris Johnson and Theresa May overtake George Osborne in Tory race to succeed David Cameron". Evening Standard.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Boris Johnson most popular prospective Conservative leader". Ipsos MORI. 1 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Conservative Party Conference Poll" (PDF). Survation. 5 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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See also