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New UK Conservative leader expected to be announced by late July

Reuters , Friday 24 May 2019
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A combination of pictures created in London on May 24, 2019 shows recent pictures of the six main contenders to replace Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May when she resigns on June 7: (L-R) former leader of the House of Commons Angela Leadsom; former foreign secretary Boris Johnson; Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Britain's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove; Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid and former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab all pictured leaving 10 Downing Street, central London. - British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation in an emotional address on on May 24, 2019 AFP
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The result of the contest to find a new leader of the Conservative Party to replace Theresa May as British prime minister is expected to be announced before parliament breaks for its summer holiday, the party said on Friday.

May earlier announced she would step down as Conservative leader on June 7 to trigger a contest to replace her, and party bosses said nominations would close in the week beginning June 10.

"Successive rounds of voting will take place until a final choice of candidates to put to a vote of all party members is determined," senior Conservative figures said in a statement.

"We expect that process to be concluded by the end of June, allowing for a series of hustings around the UK for members to meet and question the candidates, then cast their votes in time for the result to be announced before parliament rises for the summer."

Parliament usually breaks for the summer in late July.

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