A number of constituents have asked me about who I have been supporting in this leadership contest over the last month however I have to remain impartial throughout the process so I’m unable to state publicly who I might be backing. This is because I am a Government Whip, with an important constitutional role to support the Government and PM of the day as well as ensure the mechanics of the House of Commons business functions whatever else is happening. The Government Whips will also remain in office throughout the transition period to ensure the smooth running of Parliament and take no public position on the Leadership election candidates, just as was the case when Theresa May stood aside previously.
While I will be remaining publicly neutral, I can say I have spoken to both candidates about issues constituents have raised with me such as the rising Cost of Living and local priorities in Castle Point"
Leadership Election FAQs
How does the Party choose a new leader?
Political parties conduct their leadership elections according to their own internal party rules. The electorate cast their vote for an individual to become their Member of Parliament in the General Election; voters do not vote for individuals to become Prime Minister. The party that wins the most seats in a general election will usually form the new government, whose leader will then be appointed Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will serve for as long as they hold the confidence of their colleagues and the House of Commons or until there is a General Election with a different outcome.
Nominations for leadership candidates closed on Tuesday 12th of July. In a series of ballots, Conservative Members of Parliament chose their final two candidates. These two candidates will now go to a ballot of Party members. You can read about the candidates here.
When is the vote?
The Party member ballot will close at 5pm on Friday 2nd September. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. The winner will be announced on Monday 5th September. That winner will become Leader of the Conservative Party and our next Prime Minister.
Who can vote?
Party members who have been members for at least three months immediately prior to the close of the ballot shall be entitled to vote. This means only current members who joined on or before 3rd June 2022 will receive a ballot.
What are hustings and when are they?
The final two leadership candidates will travel around the UK and make their pitch to members. Members will be able to ask questions of both candidates during the hustings. We’ll hold 12 hustings across the country (and streamed online), details of which can be found here.
Can I join now and receive a vote?
No. Only current members who joined on or before 3rd June 2022 will receive a ballot. On the three-month anniversary of joining the Party you will be entitled to vote in any future Party election.
Can I vote if my membership is expired, suspended or cancelled?
No. You will not qualify to receive a ballot and not be able to vote.