Runners and riders within the race to be triumphant Theresa May had been starting off their stalls in public for weeks.
More than 15 Conservatives are seeking to launch leadership campaigns in what could be the most crowded leadership contest yet seen.
Some will retire on a promise of promotions – but here are some of the maximum serious contenders for the crown:
Former Foreign Secretary and London mayor Mr Johnson, 54, is taken into consideration with the aid of most as the fave to win the management race.
He has already confirmed he’ll stand, telling a commercial enterprise occasion “of direction I’m going to move for it”.
The Home Secretary, 49, is a bus driving force’s son who went to a comprehensive faculty. Tough guidelines which includes his competition to the go back of Shamima Begum, the previous Bethnal Green schoolgirl who joined Islamic State, have boosted his position amongst some colleagues.
Sajid Javid is a critical contender for the Tory management (EPA)
The Work and Pensions Secretary, fifty five, has refused to rule out running and said she is “retaining the door barely ajar” to the possibility.
Ms Rudd is one of the maximum senior Remain-helping Tories, and has regained status within the Government for the reason that resigning in April 2018 over the Windrush scandal.
The Health Secretary, 40, is visible as a darkish horse who who has said he has a “strong view about the type of chief we want”.
A chief need to placed the Tories “four-square within the centre ground”, Mr Hancock believes.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is visible as a dark horse who who has stated he has a “robust view about the type of leader we want” (AFP/Getty Images)
The former Work and Pensions Secretary, fifty one, is aiming her enchantment at “blue collar Conservatives” and Brexiteers, pronouncing the subsequent leader must be a person who “believes in Brexit”.
The International Development Secretary, 46, started his leadership bid in an interview with The Spectator ultimate month.