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No. As I understand it the election of a new Tory leader and of a new PM are entirely separate and distinct events with different electorates for each.

Under current rules Tory MP's whittle down the list of contenders to two, and these last two are then voted on by the party membership to determine the new Tory leader.

That leader then seeks to win election as PM where the electorate is the whole house of Commons. The new Tory leader doesn't simply inherit the office of Prime Minister from his predecessor as Tory leader. Theresa May remains acting PM until a successor IS elected.

If no one can win a majority of the House of Commons, a general election is probably the only way to resolve the impasse, although it is possible for the Tory leadership to nominate someone else for the office of PM and that person can become PM if they can persuade the Queen asks him/her to form a government and they win a vote in the House of Commons.

Given the egos involved, that is most unlikely to happen.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon May 20th, 2019 at 09:06:11 PM EST
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As far as I know, there is no formal Parliamentary election of the PM. The party leader who appears most likely to be able to command a majority in support of her government is invited by the monarch to form that government. If the majority is in fact tenuous, the Opposition will quickly exploit that fact and bring the government down.

Example:

(Wikipedia): On 13 July 2016, two days after becoming Leader of the Conservative Party, May was appointed Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming only the second female British Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher.

After all, this is a monarchy.

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 07:38:29 AM EST
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AFAIK The Queen may ask Boris to form a government, but that government must then win a vote of confidence in the House of Commons for it to actually take office/remain in office - the difference may be a matter of days. I am not clear whether a person who has been asked to form a government but fails to achieve a Commons majority for his government remains as PM in a caretaker capacity - as it would be open to the Queen to ask someone else to form a government in that circumstance. As no one else is likely to be able to form a government with a majority, a general election seems the almost inevitable outcome.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 05:33:01 PM EST
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I don't believe there is any obligation to table a confidence motion. The Government has to show it can get its legislation through Parliament and can deal with necessary business. If it has difficulty doing this, the Opposition will table a no-confidence motion. If this is carried, the Government has 14 days in which to win a vote "That this House has confidence in Her Majesty's Government".

Other votes which may demonstrate confidence / no confidence are the Queen's Speech and the Budget.

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 07:14:45 PM EST
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Why wouldn't the opposition table vote of no confidence straight away, in order to test whether BoJo had a majority in the House behind him? AFAIK there is no requirement for Labour to wait until BoJo can't pass a major piece of legislation like the Budget - which won't be until the Autumn anyway...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 10:17:29 PM EST
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That would be a matter of judgement for the Opposition. If they think they're in with a chance of victory, if they want to clear up who really supports the government, then they could go with the no-confidence motion immediately. Logically, it's what would happen if the Gov majority was apparently flimsy.

For this reason, there are "consultations" before the monarch calls a person to the Palace to ask them to form a government. It has to be shown that the proposed PM can really command a majority, even as slim as May's. In other words, if May hadn't negotiated with the DUP (even for just "confidence and supply"), she wouldn't have been appointed.

If Parliament is well and truly hung, there will have to be another election.

That's the best of my understanding, taking into account that the UK constitution is largely a matter of convention, not of written rules.

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 06:29:14 AM EST
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Yea - convention is a great guide, until it isn't...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 10:35:51 AM EST
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Perhaps the Speaker will come up with a coherent process? That would be fun. And give him a bit of a legacy. The Bercow process.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 01:53:13 PM EST
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Guardian: Labour will try to force a vote of no confidence in the next prime minister as soon as they take office, John McDonnell said, as Conservative candidates throw their hats into the ring to succeed Theresa May.


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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat May 25th, 2019 at 11:35:24 AM EST
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