HOUSING minister Kit Malthouse MP has thrown his hat into the ring as the tenth contender for the keys to Number 10.
The MP for North West Hampshire since May 2015, Malthouse has been minister of state for housing for less than a year, having been appointed in July 2018.
He joins quite a fray to replace Theresa May as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, after she finally bowed to the inevitable and announced she would step down on 7 June.
It marks the end of a lacklustre term in office for the soon-to-be-former Prime Minister; a term that is widely regarded as a period of profound failure, from her general election gamble that cost the Conservatives their slender majority, through to her repeated failure to get her Brexit plan through the Commons.
She’ll leave behind a House even more bitterly divided than the one she inherited from David Cameron in 2017. In some respects, then, the savage kicking the Conservatives were given in the EU elections makes for an appropriate endnote to her time in office.
Malthouse joins a list of ambitious rivals for the top job; a mix of the usual suspects, the outriders, and the plain unlikely, most of whom are destined to be also-rans, quickly weeded out by the selection process.
Already in the running are Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey, Michael Gove, Rory Stewart, Matt Hancock, Jeremy Hunt, and Sajid Javid.