Conservatives to have new leader by September 2 in Britain

ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON
Published 27.06.2016 16:57
Updated 27.06.2016 16:59
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and London Mayor Boris Johnson sit on an underground train as they head to Westminster after local election campaigning in Harrow, London May 12, 2014. (REUTERS Photo)
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and London Mayor Boris Johnson sit on an underground train as they head to Westminster after local election campaigning in Harrow, London May 12, 2014. (REUTERS Photo)

An influential Conservative Party committee said Monday that a new leader should be in place by Sept. 2 at the latest, with nominations opening on Wednesday and closing on Thursday.

The 1922 committee, which sets party policy, ruled after an emergency meeting Monday the contest should be run under the same rules as 2005. That means lawmakers will choose and then put two candidates to the wider membership.

Such a process favors established candidates.

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, the primary backer of the "leave" campaign and Home Secretary Theresa May, who backed "remain," are considered the front runners in the race to replace former Prime Minister David Cameron.

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