Who will be next Conservative Party leader? Rishi Sunak set to quit after Tory election defeat

The odds for the next Conservative Party leader have emerged as it is reported Rishi Sunak will QUIT as Tory head honcho on Friday morning. The exit poll suggests Sir Keir Starmer's party has won with an estimated overall majority of 170 seats.

Those figures for Labour Party mark a landslide while the Conservatives, led by Sunak, look likely to record their lowest seat tally in the party's history. Kemi Badenoch is the favourite at 11/4 with the bookmakers to replace Sunak, it has emerged.

And Priti Patel and Tom Tugendhat are 5/1 in second and third respectively, while Suella Braverman is at 17/2 and in fourth place. The top five is completed by Penny Mordaunt at 9/1, alongside James Cleverly.

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Earlier this week, it was reported Ms Badenoch’s bid to stand in a future Conservative leadership contest could be thwarted by the delays in general election postal votes. Mrs Badenoch is standing as the candidate in North West Essex, where more than 2,600 postal ballots were not sent out in time because of a “human error”.

She said last week: “Several thousand postal ballots have not been sent to people. The deadline for receiving them has now passed. That is quite a serious thing. The council has apologised but it could cause a problem with the result if it is within the margin of error.”

Ms Badenoch has not ruled out the possibility of another leadership bid, having come fourth in the July 2022 contest to replace Boris Johnson. This week, she denied being associated with website domains purporting to be for future leadership bids.

Over the weekend it emerged a website called kemi4leader.co.uk was registered in April and currently redirects to the Conservative Party homepage. However, a source close to her told Sky News the website domain is "nothing to do with her".

Another one, backingbadenoch.co.uk, was last updated on 27 June, and describes itself as a grassroots campaign on social media. This is "totally independent" of the cabinet minister, the source said.