>> The contenders are lining up for the race to become Conservative Party leader and the UK Prime Minister. Boris Johnson, the most high profile candidate of course. He was defacto leader of the Al campaign in the Brexit referendum. But Johnson's critic say he lacks the seriousness to run the country.
In a surprise move Thursday, his Brexit ally Michael Gove also entered the race. The Justice Secretary had been expected to settle for a job in the Johnson cabinet. Gove, seen as an intellectual heavyweight but may lack his rivals flair. Then there's Home Secretary Theresa May. One poll of conservative party members in the Times gives her a 17 point lead over Johnson.
>> And some need to be told that what the government does isn't a game. It's a serious business that has real consequences for people's lives.>>
>> But she could be hobbled by her membership with the Remain camp. Something that would make it impossible for her to lead the Brexit process.
Other contenders less well known to the public, Pensions Minister Steven Crabb making his pitch Wednesday.>> Firstly, let's face the facts. We had a clear result from the referendum. And the result was for the UK to leave the European Union. Raised by a single mother and educated at a state school, Crabb could counter accusations of Tory elitism.
The winner of the race will be known on September 9. Until we get a result, the country will effectively be leaderless with major matters on hold. A decision on expanding London's Heathrow airport, again, put back Thursday.