Race to be next Prime Minister LIVE: Matt Hancock rules himself out of trying to replace Boris Johnson – but Grant Shapps and Sajid Javid ‘consider running’

Follow MailOnline’s live blog for all the latest news and updates the race to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister begins: 

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Ben Wallace (5/2), Rishi Sunak (4/1) and Penny Mordaunt (6/1) are the top three favourites to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

Defence minister Ben Wallace, 52, has risen in recent months to overtake Truss as the most popular member of the government with Conservative Party members, according to Conservative Home, thanks to his handling of the Ukraine crisis.

Sunak, who resigned as finance minister on Tuesday saying the British public ‘rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously’, was until last year the favourite to succeed Johnson.

Meanwhile, former defence secretary Mordaunt was sacked by Johnson when he became prime minister after she endorsed his rival, Hunt, during the last leadership contest.

She called the lockdown-breaking parties in government ‘shameful’.

 

How Boris Johnson spent his last hours as Prime Minister

Boris Johnson’s team cried as the Prime Minister wrote his farewell speech alone having realised he would have to quit after 48 hours under siege in Downing Street, it emerged today, as MailOnline can reveal that he addressed tearful staff later without Carrie present.

The Tory leader was said to have been ‘sanguine’ when he finally decided at 8.30am that he must resign after more than 50 MPs quit the Government including several of his most loyal Cabinet ministers.

But staff were less composed and several were said to be ‘incredibly upset and in tears’ as he wrote his resignation speech that declared: ‘I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world, but them’s the breaks’.

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