The Conservative leadership contest is underway and the next British Prime Minister will not be chosen by parliamentarians or the wider public. Instead around 160,000 Party members will likely get to decide who will lead Britain through one of the most turbulent periods in modern history.
The Conservative Party have been known to deal swiftly with internal crisis. But this contest plays out at a time when the Party is bitterly divided and under fire from the newly formed Brexit Party. It is a critical time for the Conservatives’ future. It’s leaderless and vulnerable, and what happens next will dictate the fortunes of the country. But the leadership contest is just the public-facing part of the battle to take control of the Conservative Party.
Channel 4 News Political Editor Gary Gibbon investigates, asking: along with Party members, what other players behind the scenes are looking to mould and shape the Conservatives’ priorities?
What do they stand to gain?
Is the system to decide who is the next potential leader as transparent as it should be and what does that mean for you?
Dispatches: Battle for the Tory Party – Monday at 8.00pm on Channel 4.