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UK Election: 8 people who could replace Theresa May

While today May said she has no intention of resigning, if things change these people could fill her shoes

Boris Johnson (Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, Think London)

Johnson is one of the most recognisable figures in British politics thanks to his shock of platinum blonde hair and colourful turn of phrase - attributes that made him a key asset for the Brexit campaign during last year's EU referendum.

A two-term Mayor of London, a former journalist and currently foreign secretary, Johnson was favourite to replace David Cameron after the Brexit vote before ally Michael Gove decided to run instead, scuppering his leadership bid. (Reuters)

Priti Patel (Picture Courtesy: Flickr, DFID - UK Department for International Development)

Patel was part of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union and has served in ministerial roles since being elected to parliament in 2010. She has worked in the finance ministry and most recently as a member of the cabinet, heading up the international development department.(Reuters)

Philip Hammond (Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons, ID 120718-D-NI589-183)

A long-serving cabinet minister, Hammond was appointed finance minister by May in 2016. If May had won a large majority, local media suggested he could have been sacked after clashing with May's advisers over policy, and other senior cabinet ministers after pushing for a softer approach to Brexit talks to protect the financial industry. (Reuters)

Nicky Morgan ( Picture Courtesy: Flickr, Policy Exchange)

Morgan was one of a handful of Conservatives to rebel against May's vision of Brexit, arguing in favour of remaining in the EU's single market. She has held different ministerial roles including as education minister. She was mooted as a possible successor to David Cameron in 2016 but ended up backing Michael Gove. (Reuters)

Michael Gove (Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, Policy Exchange)

A prominent Brexiteer during the EU referendum, Gove failed in a 2016 bid to lead the party when his decision to abandon Boris Johnson and run himself was viewed as treacherous by some fellow lawmakers.

He led sweeping reforms of Britain's education and justice departments under Cameron but was overlooked for a senior role when May took over. A former journalist, he interviewed Donald Trump days before he was sworn in as U.S. president. (Reuters)

Liam Fox ( Picture Courtsey: Flickr, Chatham House)

Fox stood for the leadership of the Conservatives in 2005 and 2016. He was appointed defence secretary in 2010 but was forced to resign a year later after letting an unauthorised aide access ministerial meetings. A prominent eurosceptic, he was rehabilitated by May, who appointed him to lead Britain's push for new trading relationships after Brexit. (Reuters)

Davis Davis (Picture Courtesy: Flickr, English PEN)

Davis, plucked from the political wilderness by May to lead Britain's Brexit policy, has run in two previous leadership contests. A long-time eurosceptic, he is seen as an experienced political operator who used his time out of government to campaign against the erosion of civil liberties. (Reuters)

Amber Rudd (Picture Courtesy: Flickr, Policy Exchange)

Rudd was promoted to lead the interior ministry after May became prime minister last year, moving from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She is seen as a close ally of May's and was used during the election as a spokeswoman, including during a televised debate which May refused to participate in. (Reuters)