Boris Johnson and Theresa May 'ready to launch leadership bids’
Boris Johnson is expected to unveil his official bid to become Prime Minister this week.
Michael Gove will co-chair the former mayor’s campaign and they met up for their first strategy meetings this weekend in Mr Johnson’s Oxfordshire cottage, according to reports in The Sun and Daily Mail.
Northern Ireland minister Ben Wallace, who supported a Remain vote in the EU referendum, is reportedly in line to be the campaign's co-chair.
They were joined by Conservative MPs Jake Berry, Nigel Adams and Amanda Milling.
Mr Johnson could announce his candidacy as early today.
The Justice Secretary Mr Gove is said to be urging other potential leadership candidates to stand down, arguing Mr Johnson already has a lot of support with the party.
Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce she is standing for party leader “within days”, the Daily Telegraph says.
The speed of her announcement is understood to be part of a 'Stop Boris' bid.
The Sun reported that she spent the weekend gathering support by calling senior MPs, and her candidacy could be endorsed by David Cameron because she was loyal during the Remain campaign.
Yesterday, Justine Greening urged Mr Johnson and Ms May to strike a deal as she argued a long leadership battle would harm the party.
As well as the Home Secretary and former mayor, as many as six other candidates are expected to run.
They include Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb, former defence secretary Liam Fox and Business Secretary Sajid Javid.
Yesterday, Iain Duncan Smith argued it would be “very difficult” to have a leader who had not backed the Leave camp.
Meanwhile, according to The Telegraph, the Leave camp wants George Osborne to be Chancellor or Foreign Secretary in Boris Johnson’s government.
They hope the move would enhance unity among the Tories, as Mr Johnson attempts to pitch himself as a unity candidate.