Succession contest begins after Boris Johnson resigns

 Succession contest begins after Boris Johnson resigns

The race to replace Boris Johnson has begun, after the prime minister quit as Tory leader following a dramatic few days that saw his authority collapse.

Tom Tugendhat is the latest MP to throw his hat into the ring, joining Attorney General Suella Braverman and Brexiteer Steve Baker who have shown interest.

Mr Johnson plans to stay on as PM until a new successor is found by the autumn.

However, many colleagues and opposition politicians want him to leave now – but he has already filled cabinet jobs.

Mr Johnson resigned on Thursday, following two days of desperate attempts to cling onto power amid a flood of resignations.

Nearly 60 Conservative MPs have quit government roles in recent days at both senior and junior levels, raising doubts about the government’s ability to function.

Speaking to his newly appointed cabinet on Thursday, Mr Johnson promised he would not use his remaining time in No 10 to make “major changes of direction”.