THERESA May’s future in No 1o has been a point of discussion ever since her disastrous decision to go to the polls in 2017.
Splits in the Tory party cast her future in doubt as critics say she should “lead or go”. Here are the candidates most likely to take over, with odds from Ladbrokes.
Reuters Theresa May makes exits the Conservative Party HQ after her disastrous 2017 election
What are the odds on the next Prime Minister?
Sajid Javid – 6/1
The Home Secretary is currently the favourite to replace Mrs May if her leadership crumbles.
Mr Javid was appointed Home Secretary in the wake of the Windrush scandal and the resignation of Amber Rudd.
A known eurosceptic, Mr Javid ended up backing Remain during the EU referendum but is popular amongst the Tory parliamentary party.
The MP for Bromsgrove in Worcestershire is a former managing director from Deutsche Bank.
Jacob Rees-Mogg – 7/1
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Latin-fluent millionaire financier and MP for North East Somerset, has emerged as the leading Brexiteer on the backbenches.
He has also has garnered a surprise following among many young Tories – including Jungle Queen Georgia Toffolo, who called him “a sex god”.
Devout Catholic Rees-Mogg has made no secret of his socially conservative views, including being anti-abortion and against gay marriage.
His plummy tones, double-breasted suits and traditional manner have earned him the nickname “The Honourable Member for the Nineteenth Century”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the leader of the backbench Tory euroceptics and a rising force in the Conservative Party
Jeremy Corbyn – 5/1
Jeremy Corbyn has emerged as the favourite among most bookies as the nation’s likely next PM.
The Labour leader has had to fight constant opposition from his own MPs including a leadership contest after just a year.
But the party has swung behind him after a much stronger than expected 2017 general election when Labour picked up 30 seats and Mrs May lost her majority.
Despite a study showed the fabled “youthquake” of support from younger voters did not happen, he is enjoying strong support in opinion polls.
He will be hoping Tory infighting over Europe leads to another election, which he has boasted he would win.
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Michael Gove – 6/1
Environment secretary has achieved a remarkable turnaround since knifing Boris Johnson.
His support among party members dropped through the floor and it seemed his chances were gone forever.
But Mr Gove, who played a key role in the 2016 EU referendum, has rebranded himself as an ecowarrior and green campaigner as Environment Secretary.
Boris Johnson – 11/2
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is still a hugely popular figure among Tory grassroots and the general public.
Boris quit as Foreign Secretary on July 9 in a killer blow to May’s government.
He walked out just hours after she lost Brexit Secretary David Davis as she plans to force through a soft Brexit.
Mr Johnson infuriated David Cameron by using his huge public profile to campaign for Leave.
His own leadership bid in 2016 was scuppered by his friend Michael Gove, severely damaging his electoral “brand”.
He also caused controversy with comments he made about women in burkas prompting a Tory party probe
Jeremy Hunt – 12/1
Now Foreign Secretary, Mr Hunt is the longest-serving Health Secretary in British history.
He left the Department of Health after securing a £20bn funding increase for the NHS.
Mr Hunt is known to have leadership aspirations and although he campaigned for Remain during the referendum he has since changed his mind and said he would now vote to Leave because of the arrogance of the EU.
Andrea Leadsom – 16/1
Thought an unlikely candidate at the time, the Brexit campaigner reached the final two of the 2016 leadership contest.
She withdrew over ill-judged remarks about Theresa May’s childlessness.
She is now Leader of the House, and survived in post despite reports Mrs May was planning to cut “dead wood” in her January reshuffle.
Mrs Leadsom had a role in the downfall of Sir Michael Fallon after she accused him of lewd sexual comments.
David Davis – 25/1
David Davis announced his resignation minutes before midnight on July 8, 2018, with a devastating letter warning Mrs May her proposals would leave the UK in “a weak negotiating position” with Brussels.
He said there had been a “significant number of occasions in the last year or so on which I have disagreed with the Number 10 policy line”.
He added that he had previously decided to toe the line and remain in the Cabinet “because I considered it was still possible to deliver on the mandate of the referendum, and on our manifesto commitment to leave the Customs Union and the Single Market”.
But in a damning verdict on the PM’s approach, he wrote: “I am afraid that I think the current trend of policy and tactics is making that look less and less likely.”
Dominic Raab – 16/1
The new Brexit secretary is now in the running after taking Davis’ vacant spot.
He played a prominent role in the Leave campaign and previously served as a Justice minister too.
Before he went into politics he was a lawyer, working on EU and World Trade Organisation Law.
His appointment has been welcomed by other Leave-backing MPs.
But Labour MPs have been circulating a blog-post he wrote back in 2011 where he called for an end to “feminist bigotry” and said that men were getting a raw deal after new equality legislation.
Amber Rudd – 50/1
At one time, Ms Rudd was a leading contender to replace the PM but her odds have lengthened significantly following the Windrush scandal and her resignation after misleading Parliament over immigration targets.
She has returned to the backbenches after being forced to resign as Home Secretary and is likely to push for a softer Brexit along with other former Cabinet members like Nicky Morgan and Justine Greening.
PA:Press Association Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd is now on the back benches
Philip Hammond – 50/1
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond could make a bid for Number 10 after keeping a low profile during the general election.
Mr Hammond is seen by supporters as a steady hand, but critics accuse him of trying to kibosh a clean-break Brexit by steering the PM towards keeping close ties.
He is seen as one of the leading campaigners for a soft Brexit which often puts him at odds with Brexiteers like Liam Fox and David Davis.
What happens if Theresa May resigns?
Mrs May was humiliated when her snap election backfired last June, costing the party its Commons majority.
She also endured a series of mishaps during October’s Tory Party conference and the fallout of the Pestminster scandal.
A survey of Tory members in July showed more than 70 per cent want the PM to remain in post, but that fell to just 26 per cent in February 2018.
If Mrs May was to resign there would be likely be a Tory leadership campaign, with the winner crowned PM.