Politics latest news: Rishi Sunak launches Tory leadership bid

Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak has announced he will stand to be the next leader of the Conservative Party.

The former Chancellor published a three-minute video declaring as a candidate on Friday afternoon. He is widely seen by Tory MPs as one of the front-runners.

Posting a video on Twitter, alongside a £Ready4Rishi hashtag, he wrote: "I'm standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister.

"Let's restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite the economy."

Mr Sunak quit as Chancellor on Tuesday, shortly after Sajid Javid announced he was stepping down as Health Secretary, triggering an avalanche of ministerial resignations that ultimately led to Boris Johnson resigning as Prime Minister.

In a campaign video, Mr Sunak focused on the importance of family and his vision for the nation.

He said: "Our country faces huge challenges, the most serious for a generation. And the decisions we make today will decide whether the next generation of British people will also have the chance of a better future."

​​Follow the latest updates below.

04:57 PM

'Rishi gets my full support', says leader of the House

Mark Spencer, the Leader of the House, has backed Rishi in the leadership race.

"Rishi is the leader that can unite the Party, bring the whole country together and win us that fifth general election victory," he wrote on Twitter.

"In serious times we need a person with a proven track record. Rishi gets my full support".

04:54 PM

Laura Trott becomes one of the first Tory MPs to back Sunak

04:50 PM

Sunak: I ran the toughest government department during Covid

The former Chancellor stressed his experience during the pandemic.

He said: "I want to lead this country in the right direction. I ran the toughest department in Government during the toughest times when we faced the nightmare of Covid.

"My values are non-negotiable. Patriotism, fairness, hard work. We've had enough of division. Politics at its best is a unifying endeavour, and I have spent my career bringing people together. Because that is the only way to succeed."

Mr Sunak said he would set out his vision in the "coming days and weeks".

He added: "I have told you a bit about my story, but I'm running to be our next prime minister because it's your stories that matter most. Your futures."

04:44 PM

'Someone has to grip this moment and make the right decisions'

Mr Sunak said the UK cannot tell itself "comforting fairy tales".

He said: "Do we confront this moment with honesty, seriousness, and determination, or do we tell ourselves comforting fairy tales that might make us feel better in the moment but will leave our children worse off tomorrow?

"Someone has to grip this moment and make the right decisions. That's why I'm standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your prime minister."

04:36 PM

'Family is everything to me'

Launching his campaign Mr Sunak said the country faces "huge challenges".

In a video pitching himself as the next Conservative leader, he says: "Family is everything to me.

"My family gave me opportunities they could only dream of. But it was Britain, our country, that gave them and millions like them the chance of a better future.

"I got into politics because I want everyone in this country to have those same opportunities, to be able to give their children a better future.

"Our country faces huge challenges, the most serious for a generation. And the decisions we make today will decide whether the next generation of British people will also have the chance of a better future."

04:32 PM

Sunak shares family history in campaign launch video

In a three-minute video launching his campaign to be Conservative Party leader, former chancellor Rishi Sunak focuses on the history of his family.

He says: "Let me tell you a story. About a young woman, almost a lifetime ago, who boarded a plane armed with hope for a better life and the love of her family. This young woman came to Britain, where she managed to find a job, but it took her nearly a year to save enough money for her husband and children to follow her.

"One of those children was my mother, aged 15. My mum studied hard and got the qualifications to become a pharmacist. She met my dad, an NHS GP, and they settled in Southampton.

"Their story didn't end there, but that is where my story began."

04:19 PM

Rishi Sunak launches leadership bid

Rishi Sunak has launched his bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

04:00 PM

Tory peer quits as minister

Lord Greenhalgh has resigned as the Government's building safety and fire minister.

He said in a resignation letter to Boris Johnson posted on Twitter: "It has been a privilege to serve alongside you in both City Hall and in your government. I am saddened at the turn of events that has resulted in your decision to stand down as Prime Minister.

"Now that the die has been cast, I have decided that this is the right time for me to resign."

03:50 PM

Pictured: PM poses for photos during constituency visit

Boris Johnson poses for photographs during a visit in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency - Parsons Media
Boris Johnson poses for photographs during a visit in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency - Parsons Media

03:20 PM

The Telegraph's Weekly Politics Quiz

03:17 PM

No 10 announces seven new ministerial appointments

Downing Street has announced seven new ministerial appointments as Boris Johnson looks to fill the gaps on the Government frontbench.

The appointments are:

  • Richard Fuller - Economic Secretary to the Treasury

  • Stuart Andrew - Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice

  • Alan Mak - Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

  • Sarah Dines - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State jointly at the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office

  • Rehman Chishti - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

  • Lia Nici - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

  • Brendan Clarke-Smith - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education

03:13 PM

Labour takes 14 point poll lead over Tories

The Labour Party now has a 14 point poll lead over the Tories, according to a new survey conducted by Survation.

The poll puts Labour on 45 per cent and the Conservatives on 31 per cent.

The Lib Dems are on 11 per cent, SNP on five per cent and the Green Party is on three per cent.

03:08 PM

Labour leader rules out deal with SNP

One more thing from Sir Keir Starmer's press conference: He said “there is no basis for an alliance” with the SNP, while appearing less forceful in ruling out a coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

The Labour leader said: “I will absolutely rule it out. Let me take the SNP first: There will be no deal going into a general election and no deal coming out of a general election… I want to be prime minister for the whole of the United Kingdom... there is no basis, no basis for an alliance with a party who wants to break up the United Kingdom."

He added: "So far as the Lib Dems are concerned, we want a Labour majority. We want to deliver on our mission and that is what we are going to do. We are fighting for a majority Labour government to deliver our mission.”

02:58 PM

Analysis: Starmer's election demand will fall on deaf Tory ears

Sir Keir Starmer may want an early general election but Tory MPs most certainly do not and that means the chances of it happening are vanishingly small.

If Labour does table a motion of no confidence in the coming weeks it will be asking Tory MPs to vote in favour of collapsing their own Government and to then face the nation without a leader.

A much better option for Conservative MPs is to ignore Labour's calls, allow the Tory leadership race to play out and then look to rebuild while still in power ahead of the next scheduled election in 2024.

A no confidence vote would be great political theatre but at this point it seems incredibly unlikely that it would result in the election Sir Keir has demanded.

02:30 PM

'Let them put their money where their mouth is'

Sir Keir Starmer has told Tory MPs to "put their money where their mouth is" and face Labour at a general election.

He said: "We have come a huge way in two years. We are ready now for a general election and rather than noises off, if they are so confident, let's have that general election, let's get on with it, let's have the fresh start that we need for our country.

"So let them put their money where their mouth is. If they really think that, call a general election."

02:25 PM

Sir Keir Starmer defends calling for general election

Labour has threatened to call a vote of no confidence in the Government in the House of Commons unless Boris Johnson is removed from No 10 immediately.

Sir Keir Starmer was asked if he believes a general election is really the answer to recent chaos and instability.

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, is pictured delivering a statement in central London today - Kirsty O'Connor/PA 
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, is pictured delivering a statement in central London today - Kirsty O'Connor/PA

He said: "Yes, we have been stuck in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis with a Government that can't deliver."

He added: "Of course we need change, fundamental change. It is not just about the last few months either. We have had 12 years of stagnation, 12 years of low growth. Britain deserves that fresh start.

"That can only come with a change of government."

02:21 PM

'This is a very good week for the Labour Party'

Sir Keir Starmer was told that the resignation of Boris Johnson may have actually made his job as Labour leader harder given that he has sought to define himself as the opposite of the PM.

He said: "No, not in the slightest. The contrast between the Tory Party which is tearing itself apart, with a cast list of wannabe leaders who have all propped upo this prime minister for months and months and months knowing he is unfit for office, contrast that to the Labour Party.

"We are united, we want to press on with a plan for Britain and the change we want is more fundamental than a change at the top of the Conservative Party.

"This is a very good week for the Labour Party and my challenge to the Tories is not who is your next leader going to be but give us the change we really need, let's have a general election, let's have a change of government, a fresh start for our country."

02:17 PM

Sir Keir Starmer makes pitch to be PM

Sir Keir Starmer said he knows he needs to "convince you to put your trust in me" as he made a pitch to voters to be prime minister.

The Labour leader said: "In the coming days I will set out more about how a reforming Labour government will achieve just that. It is no small project and I know I have to convince you to put your trust in me and believe that together we can build a better country.

"I won't get everything right. I am certainly not perfect. And I will make mistakes along the way.

"But what you will always get from me is someone who believes honesty and integrity matter."

02:14 PM

UK needs a 'fresh start'

Sir Keir Starmer said that many people had "completely lost faith" that the state of UK politics "can be changed" and that "politics can be a force for good".

He said the reason he made the pledge to stand down if he was fined over "beergate" was to change people's minds.

Sir Keir said that the UK needs a "fresh start".

02:11 PM

Labour leader: 'Our country is stuck in a dangerous rut'

Sir Keir Starmer said the UK is "stuck in a dangerous rut" and feelings of disillusionment with politics have been "bubbling away for years".

He said: "Our country is stuck in a dangerous rut. Everywhere you look things are broken and nothing gets fixed.

"People say to me when they look at those running the country, they see a group of people totally detached from reality whose words mean nothing and who put their own interests first.

"Who could blame them for concluding that politics doesn't matter and doesn't work. This is not just about Boris Johnson, this feeling that politics has failed hasn't emerged in the last few months, it has been bubbling away for years."

02:09 PM

Sir Keir Starmer: 'It was a matter of principle'

Sir Keir Starmer has now started his televised statement.

He said that Durham Poilice had found there was "no case to answer" over "beergate".

He said he had been told he was "taking a risk" by pledging to quit if he was fined.

But he said it was "never about that, for me it was a matter of principle".

02:06 PM

Sir Mark Rowley set to be new Met Commissioner

Former counter terror chief Sir Mark Rowley is set to be announced as the new Commissioner of the beleaguered Metropolitan Police force.

Sir Mark, a former head of UK counter-terrorism policing, is to return to Scotland Yard to lead the force he left four years ago.

You can read the full story here.

02:05 PM

Sir Keir Starmer press conference imminent

We are expecting to hear from Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, very shortly as he addresses the outcome of Durham Police's "beergate" investigation.

01:11 PM

Tory MP considering leadership bid

Tory MP John Baron has said he is considering standing in the Tory leadership contest.

Asked who he could back in the contest, Mr Baron told the BBC: "I haven't decided yet and part of the reason for that is I have been approached myself to consider it, my local team, constituents and others have said give it some thought.

"And I am being perfectly honest when I say that I would be, would be if I decided to throw my hat in the ring, a newcomer. I don't have eight signatures yet so I am going to take soundings over the weekend.

"I am keeping my powder dry, I will be talking to a few people over the weekend and we will see what happens."

He added: "Yes, I am absolutely considering throwing my hat in the ring to be the next prime minister."

01:03 PM

Angela Rayner: 'We’ve always been clear that no rules were broken in Durham'

01:01 PM

Sir Keir Starmer: 'Honesty and integrity matter'

01:00 PM

Analysis: Sir Keir Starmer now in his strongest position yet

Durham Police's decision not to fine Sir Keir Starmer means it is now plain sailing for Labour, writes Tony Diver, The Telegraph's Whitehall Correspondent.

The Labour leader's decision to announce he would resign if he was fined over "beergate" was a major risk.

On the one hand, it allowed Sir Keir to stake his entire political career on his reputation as a man of integrity, and draw a comparison between himself and Boris Johnson.

But if he had now been forced to resign, just a day after Mr Johnson announced his own departure, Labour would once again have been put on the back foot while the Tories floundered.

As it is, he is now in his strongest position yet, ahead in the polls, and ready to take on whoever becomes the next Prime Minister.

12:56 PM

Rehman Chishti considering Tory leadership bid

Tory MP Rehman Chishti has said he is considering standing in the Tory leadership contest.

He told the Politics Home website: "In the coming days I will be reflecting on how best I can serve our country with my own experience and background having been a parliamentarian for over 12 years. Our country and party needs new ideas and fresh leadership."

12:49 PM

Labour MP: Time to 'move on from these pathetic allegations'

12:38 PM

Durham Police statement in full

This is the full "beergate" statement released by Durham Police:

Following the emergence of significant new information, an investigation was launched by Durham Constabulary into a gathering at the Miners’ Hall, in Redhills, Durham on 30th April 2021. That investigation has now concluded.

A substantial amount of documentary and witness evidence was obtained which identified the 17 participants and their activities during that gathering. Following the application of the evidential Full Code Test, it has been concluded that there is no case to answer for a contravention of the regulations, due to the application of an exception, namely reasonably necessary work.

Accordingly, Durham Constabulary will not be issuing any fixed penalty notices in respect of the gathering and no further action will be taken.

The investigation has been thorough, detailed and proportionate. The final evidence supplied by participants from the local constituency was returned to Durham Police on 5th July and analysed by investigators against all the evidence before the investigation was concluded on 8th July 2022.

In line with established national policing guidelines, we will not name or otherwise identify any of those present at the gathering, all of whom have been informed of the investigation outcome by their legal representatives.

12:37 PM

Sir Keir Starmer to make televised statement

We are expecting Sir Keir Starmer to deliver a televised statement later this afternoon as he responds to the conclusion of Durham Police's "beergate" investigation.

12:35 PM

Labour responds to 'beergate' decision

A Labour Party spokesman said: “Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner have always been clear that no rules were broken in Durham.

"The police have completed their investigation and have agreed saying that there is no case to answer.”

12:33 PM

Sir Keir Starmer cleared by Durham Police

Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner will not be fined over "beergate".

Durham Police said in a statement: "Durham Constabulary will not be issuing any fixed penalty notices in respect of the gathering and no further action will be taken."

The force said that "it has been concluded that there is no case to answer for a contravention of the regulations, due to the application of an exception, namely reasonably necessary work".

Sir Keir and Ms Rayner had pledged to resign if they were fined.

You can read the full story here.

12:26 PM

Jeremy Hunt 'virtually certain' of leadership bid - source

Jeremy Hunt is highly likely to announce his bid to become the next Conservative leader in the coming days, the PA news agency has reported.

A source close to the senior Tory MP, who ran for the leadership in 2019, said that he was “virtually certain” to enter the contest to replace Boris Johnson.

“For months he has been pressed by colleagues on all wings of the party,” the source said.

The source also claimed that Mr Hunt was receiving “mounting support” from within the party.

12:22 PM

'PM is acting in line with convention'

Boris Johnson will not step aside to allow Dominic Raab to be the caretaker prime minister, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman was asked about calls by some Conservatives, including former prime minister Sir John Major, to install Mr Raab as a caretaker premier until a permanent successor is in place.

The official told reporters: “The Prime Minister is acting in line with convention. He remains Prime Minister until a new party leader is in place and the work of government will continue while that takes place”.

12:19 PM

Corporation tax hike will go ahead

Nadhim Zahawi, the new Chancellor, suggested on Wednesday morning that he could reverse Rishi Sunak's plan - announced at the Budget in March 2021 - to hike corporation tax.

The levy is due to increase from the current rate of 19 per cent to 25 per cent in April next year.

But No 10 has just confirmed that changes will not be made to previously agreed policies now that Boris Johnson is leaving Downing Street.

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "As you know, I wouldn't comment on fiscal decisions but as I have just said the Government under convention will not seek to unpick previously agreed policies and that would extend to fiscal policies as well.”

12:06 PM

No 10 scraps economy press conferences

Boris Johnson had recently told ministers to prepare to hold regular press conferences on the state of the economy.

The resignation of Mr Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party has prompted a rethink and those press conferences have been cancelled.

"I don't believe there are plans for those anymore," the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said.

12:01 PM

More ministerial appointments expected today

Boris Johnson will make more ministerial appointments this afternoon, Downing Street has said.

No 10 said that the intention is that there will be "broadly" the same number of ministers as before the collapse of Mr Johnson's premiership.

So while every role may not be filled, there will be approximately the same number of frontbenchers as before.

11:28 AM

Could be 'difficult' for PM to fill ministerial roles

Philip Dunne, the Tory former minister, said he believes it may be "difficult" for Boris Johnson to fill all of the gaps on the Government frontbench after so many MPs quit roles in recent days.

He told Times Radio that he is "quite drawn to the idea" of Dominic Raab being made interim PM.

He said: "I'm most concerned about the fact that the government lost tens of ministers over the last 48 hours and we've got to fill those positions.

"So I would be quite sympathetic to those ministers being reappointed to their old roles. I think that would be very difficult to do under Boris Johnson.

"So I'm quite drawn to the idea of Dominic Raab as Deputy Prime Minister fulfilling that role until such time as the new prime minister is selected."

11:23 AM

Tory MPs feeling 'relieved' after PM's resignation

Tory MP Philip Dunne said the mood among his colleagues is one of "relief" following the resignation of Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party.

He told Times Radio: "I think the overwhelming mood frankly is one of relief. We were going through a very, very difficult period with the PM refusing to accept reality.

"Now that he has I think we can focus hard on finding his replacement and obviously the WhatsApp groups are alive with ideas and suggestions."

11:17 AM

'A statesman of the highest calibre'

Former prime minister Theresa May, who won the backing of Shinzo Abe for her Brexit deal after talks in the UK in January 2019, said the death of her friend was “truly heartbreaking”.

She tweeted: “Truly heartbreaking to hear of the death of my friend Shinzo Abe, former prime minister of Japan — killed in the most appalling of circumstances while campaigning for his political party.

“He was a statesman of the highest calibre. A dependable partner and trusted ally. A consummate host. But also the warmest and kindest of friends.

“My prayers and deepest sympathies are with his family and the people of Japan.”

11:12 AM

Who could replace Boris Johnson?

The list of potential Tory leadership candidates is a long one, ranging from senior Cabinet ministers to MPs with no ministerial experience.

The 2022 contest will be very different to the 2019 edition when Boris Johnson was the clear favourite from the outset. This time around it is very much an open field.

Gordon Rayner, The Telegraph's Associate Editor, has run the rule over the 15 frontrunners and you can read his indispensable piece here.

11:03 AM

Mixed set of newspaper frontpages for PM

Boris Johnson's resignation yesterday has resulted in a very mixed set of newspaper frontpages for the Prime Minister today.

The Telegraph's splash has the headline: "PM's long goodbye leaves UK in 'state of paralysis'".

The Guardian went for "It's over", the i newspaper went for "Downfall" and The Times went for "Johnson throws in towel".

The national newspaper front pages on July 8 
The national newspaper front pages on July 8

The Daily Express offered: "Thank you Boris... You gave Britain back its freedom".

Meanwhile, The Mirror went for "Clinging on for one last party" and The Scotsman went for "Going, going... but not gone".

The Daily Mail splash had the headline: "What the hell have they done?"

10:54 AM

Tom Tugendhat and Suella Braverman only confirmed candidates so far

There are currently only two Tory MPs who have said unequivocally that they will stand in the race to replace Boris Johnson: Suella Braverman and Tom Tugendhat.

Ms Braverman, the Attorney General, confirmed she intends to stand during a TV interview on Wednesday night (you can watch that here).

Mr Tugendhat, the Tory chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, announced his candidacy in an article for The Telegraph.

The former soldier said: "I have served before - in the military, and now in Parliament. Now I hope to answer the call once again as prime minister. It’s time for a clean start. It’s time for renewal."

You can read the full piece here.

10:42 AM

Senior Tory MP: Not 'unreasonable' for PM to be caretaker

Robert Halfon, the Tory chairman of the Education Select Committee, said he does not believe it is "unreasonable" for Boris Johnson to stay in No 10 while his successor is chosen.

He told Sky News: "I think it is important that the Prime Minister is treated with dignity. I think if you had another person in between it just creates even more instability, even more changes in government.

"We have had three education secretaries in three days. I think that personally is awful for schools and colleges, teachers and support staff, up and down the country."

He added: "We need some stability and I think a few weeks in which a new leader is elected is not unreasonable for the Prime Minister to stay in his post."

10:38 AM

Boris Johnson responds to death of Shinzo Abe

10:36 AM

Tory MP declares support for Liz Truss candidacy

Liz Truss has not yet declared her candidacy for the Tory leadership but she has already received the public support of one of her Conservative colleagues.

Jackie Doyle-Price, the MP for Thurrock, told BBC Essex: "I'm looking for a candidate that is going to bring the party together. I am hoping that we have a contest which is civilised and respectful because we have all got to work together at the end of this.

"I think there are up to half a dozen people with the right qualities that I would like to see but personally I will be backing Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, to take the leadership.

"She certainly shares my politics. She is a good Thatcherite fiscal Conservative which I think is very necessary right now, we do need to live within our means.

"I think the leadership she has shown over Ukraine is exactly what we need right now."

10:29 AM

'Building on Boris's legacy' will be key Suella message, says ally

"Building on Boris's legacy" is going to be the key message of Suella Braverman's Tory leadership campaign, an ally has told The Telegraph.

Jason McCartney, the MP for Colne Valley and the Attorney General's Parliamentary Private Secretary who is helping to run Ms Braverman's campaign, insisted she was not interested in pitching a new vision to the country.

"She believes in our 2019 manifesto, and that will be the key difference with most of the other candidates," she said. "She's engaging, she's straight-talking and that's what is so refreshing about her.

"Wanting to put forward a new vision will just give ammunition to Labour for a general election. Colleagues might not like it but the key for her is what we promised to the country in 2019. That'll be the key message - building on Boris's legacy."

10:26 AM

Pictured: Ex-Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom in Westminster today

Andrea Leadsom, the former Cabinet minister, is pictured in Westminster this morning - Hollie Adams/Bloomberg
Andrea Leadsom, the former Cabinet minister, is pictured in Westminster this morning - Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

10:14 AM

Lord Frost: There can be no return to Cameron-Osborne-Cleggism

Lord Frost, the former Brexit minister, has not yet pledged his support to any of the potential Tory leadership contenders.

In a piece for The Telegraph, he has set out what he believes the next leader must do to get the Conservative Party "back on track". He wrote:

Our voters, actual and potential, know that our problems can’t be solved overnight. But they want a government, and a leader, that has a grip and a strategy to make things better.

That is what the new party leader will need to deliver and that’s what I will be looking for in the days to come.

You can read the whole piece here.

09:51 AM

PM's wedding party at Chequers being moved

Boris Johnson's wedding party at Chequers - planned for the end of this month - is being moved to a new location, The Telegraph understands.

There had been some claims from Tory sources yesterday that wanting to have the party at Chequers was one of the reasons why Mr Johnson is staying in No 10 after resigning as Tory leader.

Chequers is the grace and favour home of British premiers and once leaving No 10 Mr Johnson will lose access to it.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson rubbished the claims yesterday and said he is staying in post "solely to continue his obligation to the public".

09:43 AM

Conservative MP pokes fun at Tory leadership contenders

09:38 AM

Lib Dems: PM is now a 'lame duck'

Sir Ed Davey said Boris Johnson is now a "lame duck prime minister" and should be ousted from No 10 immediately.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats told Sky News: "The issue is what is good for our country. The issue is what is good for the millions of people who are worried out there, the businesses who are struggling.

"You can't have a lame duck prime minister because that is what he is. He has got no authority. He can't take the big decisions."

09:35 AM

Sir Ed Davey: PM 'should go now'

Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, said Boris Johnson should leave No 10 immediately.

He told Sky News: "The Liberal Democrats have said he should go now. He shouldn't be allowed to go on, whether you call him a caretaker Prime Minister or not.

"The words caretaker can't apply to Boris Johnson. He has never cared and taken care of anything in his life and he should go."

09:28 AM

New PM should 'allow' Boris Johnson wedding party at Chequers to go ahead

James Cleverly said a new prime minister should let Boris and Carrie Johnson have their wedding party at Chequers even if Mr Johnson has left No 10 by then.

The new Education Secretary was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme if Mr Johnson should still have the celebration at the prime minister’s country house in July if it is in someone else’s hands by then.

Mr Cleverly said: “I think that if that is done by that point in time, I suspect that it would be a rather generous action of the new prime minister to allow that to go ahead. Private functions like that do not impose a burden on the public purse…

“I think it’s churlish to be negative about two people who want to celebrate their marriage and their love for each other.”

09:22 AM

Boris Johnson will not bind the hands of his successor

Newly-appointed Education Secretary James Cleverly has insisted Boris Johnson will not make decisions that will bind the hands of his successor while he remains in No 10.

Mr Cleverly told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The functions of government endure, and that is true when you’re going through a leadership change, as we are currently about to do, or whether there’s a general election. It’s a very well-established principle.

James Cleverly, the Education Secretary, speaks to the media on College Green outside Parliament today  - Phil Noble/Reuters
James Cleverly, the Education Secretary, speaks to the media on College Green outside Parliament today - Phil Noble/Reuters

“And, in fact, the Prime Minister made explicit reference to this at Cabinet, that we are not going to do anything that would tie the hands of our successors, we are not going to do anything that would, I think, be kind of novel or, you know, a big change from the currently-set direction of travel.”

He added: “We are not going to make any decisions outwith the normal range of decisions that you would make in circumstances like this, which, as I say, despite the fact that they’re unusual in how we got here, this process is actually not that unusual.”

09:20 AM

'No timeline' yet on PM leaving No 10

James Cleverly, the Education Secretary, said Boris Johnson has not put a “timeline” on how long he will stay in No 10 after quitting as leader of the Tory party.

He told Times Radio: “He said he will stay until the process is complete, he’s not put a timeline on this.

“The timeline on this will be defined by the 1922 committee in terms of the parliamentary stage and by the Conservative party in terms of the party stage.

“Both organisations know how important it is to get this done professionally and quickly and I don’t think the Prime Minister has put a particular date on anything.”

09:00 AM

'Myself and Keir are very confident that we didn’t break any rules'

Angela Rayner has said that the Labour Party could replace her and Sir Keir Starmer “very quickly” if they are forced to resign over "beergate".

The Labour deputy leader told BBC’s Today programme: “Well, we could do it very quickly.

Angela Rayner, the deputy Labour leader, is pictured in Westminster this morning - Kirsty O'Connor/PA
Angela Rayner, the deputy Labour leader, is pictured in Westminster this morning - Kirsty O'Connor/PA

“I mean, our procedures would be that the NEC would delegate the timetable, but we’ve got a host of talent in our party that could step forward, because we are one team and we are a government in waiting.

“But as I say, both myself and Keir are very confident that we didn’t break any rules."

08:58 AM

Angela Rayner will not appeal if she is fined over 'beergate'

Angela Rayner has said that she will not appeal if she is found by Durham Police to have broken coronavirus rules over "beergate".

The deputy Labour leader told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “Well, yeah, we’ll accept the findings. You know, it’s very clear that both myself and Keir believe that we believe in the rule of law.

“We believe that if you’re a lawmaker, you can’t be a lawbreaker, and that we couldn’t lead the party under those conditions."

08:55 AM

What would happen if Labour tables a no confidence vote

As the official Opposition, Labour can table a motion of no confidence in the Government in the House of Commons pretty much whenever it wants.

Convention dictates that if the Opposition asks for a vote of confidence then the Government should make time for it within days.

However, a motion of no confidence is a serious matter: A government that loses such a vote is expected to either resign or go to the country in a general election.

So Labour will want to be sure it has a chance of winning - or at the very least that the vote will inflict the maximum amount of damage possible on a divided Tory party - before pressing the button.

The last successful confidence vote in Parliament forced James Callaghan from office in the 1979 Winter of Discontent, ushering in Margaret Thatcher’s 11-year premiership.

08:48 AM

Theresa May spotted dancing at music festival after PM quit

Former Prime Minister Theresa May was spotted in the crowd dancing to the music at Henley Festival last night after Boris Johnson announced that he was resigning as leader of the Conservative Party.

08:44 AM

Labour could table no confidence vote 'as early as next week'

Angela Rayner said Labour could table a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons "as early as next week" if the Tories do not oust Boris Johnson from No 10 immediately.

The deputy Labour leader said: “We think that Boris Johnson can’t stay another minute in Downing Street. It has been proven he is not fit to govern and therefore the Conservative Party need to elect somebody to lead their party pretty quickly or get some interim leader in that is not somebody who has been disgraced, who has lost the confidence of their own party, let alone the British public.

“If they don’t do that we are very clear that we will put a motion of no confidence forward before the summer recess [July 21] to ensure that that exchange happens and that the Conservative Party do the right thing by the British public which they haven’t done, quite frankly, for the last few months.”

Pushed on when the vote could happen, Ms Rayner told Sky News: “We will speak to the whips and we will do it as soon as possible if it is [necessary]. We haven’t got long left for recess, quite frankly.

“It could be as early as next week, yeah, because we haven’t got long left before the summer recess.”

08:22 AM

Labour will call no confidence vote if PM is not ousted

Labour will call a no confidence vote in the Prime Minister in the House of Commons if the Conservative Party does not get rid of him immediately, Angela Rayner has said

The Labour deputy leader told BBC’s Today programme: “We will if the Conservatives don’t get their act together and get rid of Boris Johnson, you know, he’s got no confidence of his own party.

“He’s a proven liar who’s engulfed in sleaze and we can’t have another couple of months of this, you know.

“So they do have to get rid of him, and if they don’t, we will call a no confidence vote because it’s pretty clear – he hasn’t got the confidence of the House or the British public.”

08:05 AM

Leadership contest should be concluded 'ASAP'

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a senior Tory MP and the treasurer of the 1922 Committee, said the Tory leadership contest should be concluded "as soon as possible". ​

He told the BBC: “I think it is in the country’s interest and the party’s interest that this is done as soon as possible.”

Sir Geoffrey said the first half of the contest which will see MPs whittle the list of candidates down to a final two two should be concluded by July 21.

The final two would then face a vote by Tory members to pick the winner.

Sir Geoffrey said: "We are hoping to get our parliamentary p[art of it finished with a very tight timetable, finishing by the 21st of July when Parliament goes into recess and that will take a lot of doing.”

07:52 AM

'Ship has sailed' on caretaker PM

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the treasurer of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, has said he believes the "ship has sailed" on replacing Boris Johnson with a temporary caretaker prime minister.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "I think that ship has sailed. I think yesterday… they decided that Boris Johnson should remain and he has said very clearly that he won’t be making any major changes during that period and I think that is a good thing.

“Those ministers who are coming back in a caretaker role will have, of course having had resigned, so it will be a little awkward for them. I think in an ideal world, Dominic Raab as Deputy Prime Minister should have been the caretaker prime minister.

“But that ship, I think has sailed, and we must now live with the fact that Boris Johnson will be Prime Minister until a successor can be voted on.”

07:42 AM

'There is no such thing as a caretaker PM'

Boris Johnson's role in No 10 has been described by many people in Westminster as caretaker Prime Minister, now that he has announced he is resigning.

But James Cleverly, the new Education Secretary, said there is no such role in the UK's political system.

He told Sky News: "You are in the job that you are in, doing the job that you are doing until you are replaced. That is how it always works in politics. None of us know exactly how long we are going to be in our roles.”

He added: “There is no such thing as a caretaker prime minister. In our system there is a prime minister.”

07:37 AM

Cabinet minister: PM's successor should be appointed 'quickly'

Boris Johnson's successor as Tory leader must be appointed "quickly", James Cleverly has said amid rumbling concerns among some Conservative MPs over the prospect of the PM remaining in No 10 potentially until October.

The new Education Secretary told Sky News: "His role now, he remains Prime Minister until a new prime minister is found. That is how our system works.

“I think that everyone recognises the incentive of doing that properly and professionally but quickly so that we can get some certainty and so the new prime minister, whoever that may be, can build their team and make sure they are continuing to focus on what really matters and that is the people of this country.”

07:33 AM

James Cleverly rules out leadership bid

James Cleverly, the new Education Secretary, has said he will not be standing in the Tory leadership contest to replace Boris Johnson.

Asked if he will stand, he told Sky News: “No, I won’t be. As you know, I put myself forward last time, I don’t regret that, I really enjoyed it.

“As you know my wife has been going through cancer treatment and whilst that is progressing well, it hasn’t concluded. It is not the right time for me.

“And I feel comfortable that actually we have a range of candidates within the party that would make excellent prime ministers.”

07:31 AM

Good morning

Good morning and welcome to today's politics live blog.

It promises to be another chaotic day in Westminster following the historic events of yesterday.

There are two main questions this morning: How long can Boris Johnson remain in No 10 and who will battle to replace him.

I will guide you through the key developments.