How Ben Wallace became favourite to succeed Boris Johnson

The defence secretary is polling well but whether he wants the top job is unclear

Ben Wallace
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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has emerged as one of the favourites to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and prime minister.

Johnson announced he is to stand down as Conservative Party leader from today but plans to hang on as prime minister until his replacement is chosen.

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