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01 July 2016

Watch :UK, who are the Famous Five?

The race is officially underway to choose the new leader of the UK’s governing Conservative Party – and the country’s next Prime Minister.

Five candidates have officially declared their wish to stand for selection.

However, the best-known and most hotly anticipated has shocked the country by announcing he will not stand.

Boris Johnson made the announcement two hours after his fellow pro-Brexit campaigner, Justice Minister Michael Gove, surprised commentators by announcing his own intention to stand.

How many candidates will compete for the Conservative Party leadership?

Five.

They are:

  • Theresa May
  • Michael Gove
  • Andrew Leadsom
  • Stephen Crabbe
  • Liam Fox

    Theresa May

  • 59
  • Eurosceptic

    Michael Gove

  • 48
  • Brexit ally of Boris Johnson

    Stephen Crabb

  • 43
  • Work and Pensions Minister
  • Joint ticket with Enterprise Minister Sajid David

    Liam Fox

  • 54
  • Former Defence Minister
  • Resigned in 2011 over conflict of interest inquiry

    Andrea Leadsom

  • 53
  • Energy Secretary

    Fact check

Theresa May is favourite to win the Conservative leadership election, according to bookmaker William Hill.

Michael Gove is in second place while Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is in third.

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