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Following the Conservative Party’s general election defeat, Rishi Sunak announced he would step down as leader “once the formal arrangements for the selection of my successor are in place”.

So how might the next leader be chosen?

Committee 1922

The body that governs Conservative leadership races is their backbench committee of MPs, the 1922 Committee.

Today, Conservative MPs elected a new Speaker: Bob Blackman.

Decisions can now be made on the timing and conduct of the party leadership race – although it is not yet known when it will take place.

Rishi Sunak’s role

As things stand, the former prime minister remains the party leader and leader of the opposition. He has appointed a shadow cabinet and will fulfil the constitutional requirements of that role – for now.

Mr Sunak could agree to stay on as party leader until a permanent successor is chosen – in which case he will continue to serve as leader of the opposition, including facing Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions.

But he could choose to resign before the poll is over, which he appears to have suggested in his resignation speech, which would mean an interim leader would have to be chosen (this would likely fall to Oliver Dowden, who is the interim deputy leader).

Will party members have a say?

There appears to be a broad consensus among Conservative MPs that members should vote on who should be the new party leader.

Short vs long

Some Conservatives have suggested the election should be short, so that the new leader can be in place to challenge the Labour government as quickly as possible, particularly when it delivers its first budget in the autumn.

However, there seems to be a consensus that a long leadership race is the right thing to do to ensure a full debate about the direction the party should take.

This could mean that nominations for the new leader will not open for several weeks, and MPs could then narrow the field of candidates – or not, and members could choose between several people.

Some have suggested that the contest should not be concluded until the party conference in early October, as was the case when David Cameron won in 2005.