As the deadline for nominations rapidly approaches, four Buckinghamshire MPs are yet to publicly declare their support for a current candidate for the new Prime Minister. Nominations close at 2pm today (Monday, October 24) with only one member currently at the threshold of nominations needed to run.
Rishi Sunak, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer , is the frontrunner by virtue of having announced his candidacy and earning more than the 100 nominations required. Penny Mordaunt - who also ran against Sunak in the summer in the contest eventually won by outgoing Prime Minister Liz Truss - is his only opponent.
However, Mordaunt does not yet have the required number of nominations. That could soon change following Boris Johnson's decision to drop out of the race for the keys to Number 10.
Johnson's second bid for Prime Minister came to a swift end on Sunday, October 23 when he announced he would not run. The former PM said: "In the course of the last days, I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do.
"You can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament. And though I have reached out to both Rishi and Penny - because I hoped that we could come together in the national interest - we have sadly not been able to work out a way of doing this.
"Therefore I am afraid the best thing is that I do not allow my nomination to go forward and commit my support to whoever succeeds." His decision leaves question marks over the support of a number of Buckinghamshire MPs.
Both Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, and Buckingham MP Greg Smith had nominated Johnson. But it remains to be seen if they will switch to support Mordaunt or Sunak.
Rob Butler, MP for Aylesbury , is also yet to publicly support a candidate, as is Beaconsfield MP Joy Morrissey. Ms Morrissey is a known supporter of Johnson but, after Buckinghamshire Live contacted her for comment regarding her support for Truss, her spokesperson said: "Joy is a member of the Government as an Assistant Government Whip, so would not be able to make a comment on national political issues."
Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe and the Minister for Northern Ireland, came out in support of Rishi Sunak and rejected the idea of a second Johnson government. Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, has also backed Sunak.
Who's backing who in Bucks
Steve Baker, MP for High Wycombe: Rishi Sunak
Rob Butler, MP for Aylesbury: Not yet announced
Ben Everitt, MP for Milton Keynes North: Boris Johnson (no change confirmed)
Joy Morrissey, MP for Beaconsfield: Not yet announced
Greg Smith, MP for Buckingham: Boris Johnson (no change confirmed)
Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South: Rishi Sunak