Two potential Tory dark horses who could be the next PM

Theresa May European Council meeting, 22-23 June 2017

Since the poor election result for the Conservative Party, the rumour mill has been buzzing with talk of who will be Theresa May’s successor as leader of the Conservative Party.

Mogg? Johnson? Hammond? Davis? Realistically, it might not be any of them - David Cameron is just one example of a ‘dark horse’ candidate that the Tories rallied around - Jeremy Corbyn is a more recent example on the other side of the house.

Two names floated about by those who like to think they know about these things are Priti Patel and Dominic Raab. But who are they, what do they do, and what are their actual chances?

Dom Raab

Dominic Raab

The Member of Parliament for Esher and Walton. After a stint at the Justice Department, Theresa May moved Raab to the back benches before returning him as a Minister of State in the post-2017 election reshuffle.

An unrepentant Brexiteer, Raab is nonetheless unsullied when compared to the likes of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove - and remains far less controversial. The son of a Jewish Czech refugee, Raab studied Law at Oxford, and spent a period at the Foreign Office. He certainly has the technical knowledge, and is far more experienced in ministerial roles than the likes of Rees-Mogg, but is free from the chains of collective responsibility that the current Cabinet members have holding them back.

He’s currently 33/1 (Oddschecker) to be the next Prime Minister. Worth a pop?

Priti Patel

Priti Patel

The Member of Parliament for Witham, Patel is currently the Secretary of State for International Development. She’s been described as a ‘Thatcherite,’ and so would be more popular with the party’s core than Theresa May, and like Raab is a strong Brexiteer. Previously a Public Relations Consultant at Weber Shandwick, David Cameron recommended her for the ‘A-List’ of prospective candidates for the 2010 general election.

Patel does, however, have some controversial views - she’s lobbied previously for the tobacco and alcohol industries, and voted against the Same Sex Act 2013.

She’s currently at 40/1 (Oddschecker) to be the next Prime Minister. A big call, but she does have a strong following in the Party.

Many on social media are currently citing Sajid Javid and James Cleverley as potential successors to May. With politics so wild at the moment, who is really to know?