What are rules for Tory leadership contests?


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How does the Conservative party leadership election work, and what is the role of the 1922 committee?

To challenge a leader, 15% of Conservative MPs need to write letters demanding a confidence votes. The letters go to the chairman of the party's backbench group, known as the 1922 committee. As of 2018 there are 315 Conservative MPs so it needs 48 letters. If there are the requisite number, there is a leadership election of all Conservative MPs. If the sitting leader wins, he or she remains in office and cannot be challenged for another 12 months. If he or she loses, they must resign and may not stand in a subsequent leadership election.

What is the 1922 Committee and why is it called that?

What is the Conservative party's 1922 committee, and how did it get its name?

What is a vassal state?

Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg warn that the UK would become a 'vassal state' under the Brexit deal supported by Theresa May.

What did John McEnroe say about Serena Williams?

What did former tennis player John McEnroe say about Serena Williams?

Why is Salvador Dali being exhumed?

Why are they digging up artist Salvador Dali's body?

What happened with the BBC News at Ten going off air?

What made the BBC News at Ten crash?

Why is Ed Miliband doing a radio show?

Why is the former Labour leader sitting in for Jeremy Vine?

Why is Daniel Day-Lewis retiring?

Why is three-times Oscar winner actor Daniel Day-Lewis retiring?