The resignation of Boris Johnson served as the beginning of the struggle to replace him in the leadership of the Conservative Party.

It comes as questions remain over whether his desperate bid to stay on as prime minister means he cannot be allowed to remain in office while his successor is chosen.

Tom Tugendhat became the first Conservative MP to stand for the leadership after Mr. Johnson’s resignation speech.

In Friday’s Daily Telegraph, the chairman of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee said his party needed a “clean start”.

“We need to make government work for the people again – and we need to give them that clean start,” he wrote.

“As public servants, our actions must serve the interests of the British people.

“I used to serve in the army, and now in the parliament.

“I now hope to answer the call once again as Prime Minister. It’s time to start fresh. It’s time for an update.”

Sky News understands that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is also considering a run for Conservative Party leader.

Former health minister Sajid Javid, who resigned on Tuesday night, is also deciding whether to run, according to the PA news agency.

But Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Michael Gove have ruled themselves out of the running, Sky News reported.

It is understood former health secretary Matt Hancock, who resigned over a breach of COVID rules, is also not interested in a leadership bid.

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Elsewhere, speaking before Mr. Johnson announced his resignationBen Wallace declined to comment on whether he would run to replace him.

The defense secretary, the front-runner to replace Mr Johnson, was asked if he would seek the top job during a visit to a military training ground in northern England.

“Let’s see what the Prime Minister will say,” he said.

Sky News political correspondent Joe Pike understands Mr Wallace is discussing the matter with his family before deciding whether or not to bid.

Speaking before Mr Johnson resigned on Thursday, Attorney-General Suella Braverman told ITV’s political editor Robert Peston that “yes” she would hypothetically consider a bid for the leadership if the prime minister stood down.

Brexiteer Steve Baker has also said he will run.

While Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also hinted that he will throw his hat in the ring.

“Now we need a new leader as soon as it is practically possible. Someone who can restore trust, heal the country and develop a new, smart and consistent economic approach to helping families,” he said.

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In his resignation speech to No 10 on Thursday, Mr Johnson confirmed that a timetable for the process to elect a new leader would be set out next week.

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He told broadcasters he intended to stay in No 10 until a successor was chosen, but he faces opposition to the plan from within his own party.

The timing of the leadership contest is expected to lead to the selection of a successor at the party conference in October.

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said it was “unwise and potentially unsustainable” for Mr Johnson to stay so long.

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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer too threatened to express a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons, with the support of other opposition parties, if the Tory MPs cannot immediately reject it.

Mr Johnson has already appointed new cabinet ministers to replace MPs who quit in protest against his leadership.

They include Greg Clark as the new advancement secretary, replacing Mr Gove and James Cleverley as education secretary – the third person to hold the post in as many days.

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The new cabinet met on Thursday afternoon, but the press was not allowed on camera.

Mr Johnson told his government his cabinet will not seek to implement new policies or to make a major change in direction after he left the leadership of the Conservative Party.

Addressing his reshuffled senior ministerial team for the first time after resigning earlier ThursdayMr Johnson said his priority was to “continue to deliver on our manifesto promises and make sure the government is on the side of the public on the cost of energy, transport and housing and everything else that matters to them”.

He also said the government “will be focused on delivering on the agenda on which the government was elected” and that “major financial decisions should be left to the next prime minister”.

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