The candidates include frontrunner former foreign minister Boris Johnson, his successor Jeremy Hunt, environment minister Michael Gove, former Brexit minister Dominic Raab, health minister Matt Hancock and interior minister Sajid Javid. The other candidates are international development minister Rory Stewart, former minister Esther McVey, former leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom and Conservative lawmaker Mark Harper.
按照竞选程序，候选者需要获得8位保守党议员的支持才可以参加竞选（10 candidates had achieved the required support of at least eight of the Conservatives’ 300-plus elected lawmakers），第一轮投票将于当地时间13日开始。
Conservative MPs will now take part in a series of votes to whittle the candidates down to the final two. The two MPs will then face the wider Tory membership to decide on the next leader of their party, and the country.
Theresa May's successor is due to be announced in the week starting July 22. The sitting PM is expected to end her term by visiting the Queen to officially hand in her resignation.