How many Conservative Party members are there? What we know about the people voting on the next prime minister
Conservative Party members are choosing a new leader, and by default are once again selecting the prime minister.
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are the final two MPs vying for the top spot.
The pair saw off Penny Mordaunt in the final round of MP voting – Mr Sunak led the way with 137 supporters, while Ms Truss surged into second place with 113 votes, leapfrogging and eliminating Ms Mordaunt on 105.
Despite Mr Sunak being more popular among MPs, several opinion polls have suggested she will defeat Mr Sunak in the next stage – a vote of Tory party members – and bookmakers have placed her favourite to succeed Boris Johnson at No 10.
So how many people can vote? Here’s everything you need to know.
How many Conservative members are there?
There are between 180,000 and 200,000 Conservative Party members at the moment.
Around 154,500 were registered and eligible to vote in the last leadership election, but the party has said the number has increased in the past three years.
These are the only people who can vote in the upcoming election.
This tiny group, which works out to about 0.29 per cent of the population, will decide the next prime minister.
Research from the Mile End Institute published in The Guardian shows that 44 per cent of the membership is over 65, 97 per cent are white, and 54 per cent live in London and the south.
Can I join the Conservative Party?
Yes you can, but it will cost you.
Those aged under 26 can join for just £5 a year, and receive all the standard benefits.
For most adults it costs £25 a year, and if you’re in the Armed Forces it will be £15.
If I join now can I vote?
No, you cannot vote in the election.
You can only vote in party elections to chose leaders or candidates after three months of membership, meaning that even if you join now you cannot influence this election.
For more information you can go here.
How many Conservative MPs are there?
The Conservative Party holds a majority in the house of commons.
There are currently 357 Tory MPs, while Labour has 200.
The SNP hold 44 seats, there are14 Liberal Democrats, 10 Independents, eight DUPs, and seven Sinn Féin, although they do not take their place at Westminster in protest.
There are three from Plaid Cymru, the Alba Party has two, as does the Social Democratic & Labour Party, and the Alliance Party and Greens each have one.