Amber Rudd resigns – Who could be the new Home Secretary?

The embattled MP stepped down tonight over the Windrush scandal with many now wondering who could replace her and help restore calm among the British public.

Here are the frontrunners for the Home Secretary job.

Sajid Javid

The Communities Secretary was rapidly installed as the bookies favourite after a rush of betting following Rudd's departure.

He had earlier issued a plea to ethnic minorities to look at the Government's efforts to "put things right."

He said in a newspaper interview this weekend over the Windrush fiasco: "It could have been me, my mum or my dad."

The former Business Secretary is a Remainer and could balance out Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, who helped lead the Leave campaign.

 

 

Michael Gove

The Environment Secretary has impressed with his against single use plastics and microbeads and has restored public opinion of him following his disastrous leadership bid.

Despite being removed as Justice Secretary when Theresa May became Prime Minister, he has been defending her on radio and TV.

Gove campaigned to leave the EU.

 

 

Jeremy Hunt

The Health Secretary has overseen a number of issues including the junior doctors strikes in 2015 .

But he is currently being investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over breaches made related to the purchase of luxury flats.

He has apologised for the "honest administrative mistake".

Hunt campaigned against Brexit but has since changed his mind and said he would vote to leave is there was another referendum.

 

James Brokenshire

He was Northern Ireland Secretary until January this year but had to step down after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP has since returned to Parliament and has been campaigning for better lung screening services.

Brokenshire was Immigration Secretary between 2014 and 2016 when Theresa May was Home Secretary and David Cameron was Prime Minister and voted Remain.

 

Karen Bradley

She took over Brokenshire's role as Northern Ireland Secretary in January.

Northern Ireland will be crucial during the Brexit negotiations so the PM might not want to change Bradley's job.

She was previously Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Bradley campaigned to remain a part of the European Union.

 

…and finally

Diane Abbott

The Labour bigwig may seem to be a left-field choice for Theresa May, but the Shadow Home Secretary was initially listed by bookmakers Ladbrokes as the joint-third favourite, alongside James Brokenshire, for the job.

She had been one of Rudd's most vocal critics, but it is unlikely her appointment would be tolerated by the Tory faithful.

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