Who is Kit Malthouse and will he replace Theresa May as the next UK Prime Minister?

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KIT Malthouse is the latest contender to enter the race to be next Tory leader and Prime Minister.

Here’s what you need to know about the outsider who fancies his chances of replacing Theresa May in Downing Street after she quit.

Malthouse is currently Housing Minister in Theresa May’s government
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Who is Kit Malthouse?

The 52-year-old Leave campaigner Mr Malthouse is the author of the lauded ‘Malthouse Compromise’ plan for Brexit to break Parliament’s deadlock.

His idea to replace the hated Irish backstop with alternative arrangements over a longer three year period is the only solution yet to have won a Commons majority in six months of Parliamentary warfare.

Malthouse was born in Liverpool and studied Politics and Economics at Newcastle University.

After graduating he trained as a chartered accountant and then founded a Midlands-based finance company twenty years ago.

His career in politics began when he was elected to Westminster Council in 1998 and he served on it until 2006.

The father-of-three was then elected to the London Assembly in 2008.

He served as Deputy Mayor for Policing 2008 to 2012 and Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise from 2012 to 2015.

Malthouse became and MP at the 2015 General Election, winning the seat of North West Hampshire with 62 per cent of the vote.

He served as a junior minister in the Department for Work and Pensions before being promoted to House Minister in 2018.

Will he replace Theresa May as the next UK Prime Minister?

In an article for The Sun he said:  “I believe I’m the new face, with fresh new ideas, from a new and talented generation.

“And with that, I have two decades of front line political experience – leading overseas trade missions, putting my arms around the families of knife crime victims and building homes for young people.


To boost his cause, the Hampshire MP published a poll that shows 56 per cent of all Brits don’t want any of the Cabinet-level Tory big beasts to succeed Theresa May.

The bookies are, however, less convinced by his chances of making it into Downing Street.

He is currently 100/1 to be Prime Minister just behind former cabinet ministers Esther McVey and Matt Hancock.

The 52-year-old believes an outside has a chance of becoming leader
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