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Who Would Replace Boris Johnson? Here Are His Likely Successors

Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt, Ben Wallace and Liz Truss are the top contenders for the Conservative Party leadership position.

Who’ll be the next resident of 10 Downing Street?

Who’ll be the next resident of 10 Downing Street?

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It’s been a tumultuous 24 hours in British politics. As resignations pile up, the odds that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be forced to resign shorten. But who would take over? Bobby Ghosh spoke to Bloomberg Opinion columnists Adrian Wooldridge and Clive Crook on Twitter Spaces on Wednesday afternoon. Here is part of their conversation, lightly edited for clarity and length.

Bobby Ghosh: Betting shops have the former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt as the joint favorites to be Boris Johnson’s successor. Do you think either of them have the ability to bring the Conservative Party together and provide the leadership that Johnson seems unable to?