Voters believe Boris Johnson will replace David Cameron as Conservative leader, survey finds

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8th October 2015 10:52 - Central Government

According to the findings of a recent survey, Boris Johnson is the favourite to replace David Cameron as the next Conservative party leader.Voters believe Boris Johnson will replace David Cameron as Conservative leader, survey finds

The survey of UK voters found that around 50 per cent of the respondents would prefer Boris Johnson to be the next Conservative party leader than George Osborne; however, Osborne is favoured amongst Conservative voters.

When it comes to electing the next Conservative leader, the choice will be made by Conservative members during a straight vote between the two candidates appointed to contest the leadership election by Conservative MPs.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, came second in the survey of the public; however she came third amongst the Conservative supporters. The two figures favoured amongst Conservative members - Michael Gove, Justice Secretary, and Sajid Javid, Business Secretary - scored just four and three per cent respectively amongst the public.

David Cameron has pledged not to serve a third term as Prime Minister, which means that a leadership election is due to take place before the 2020 general election.

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, hinted that she could be up for the position, by telling Spectator magazine that whether she ran in the contest or not would depend on her personal relationships.

She said:“I hope that, in the not-too-distant future, there will be another female leader of a main Westminster political party.”

The next Tory leader will be have to be given sufficient time to prove themselves as a worthy electorate before the next election, so many commentators predict the competition to take place in 2018 or 2019.

The survey for the Evening Standard showed that 27 per cent of the respondents favoured Johnson, whilst 15 per cent prefer Osborne.

Of the Tory supporters, 32 per cent prefer Osborne and 29 per cent prefer Johnson.

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