As Bella Caledonia points out
Yesterday I tweeted that there’s “only about 70,000 members of the Conservative Party. Basically a dwindling coterie of some of the worst people in Britain are about to choose a candidate from a selection of some of the most repugnant politicians in the UK. That person will be our Prime Minister.”That was untrue.
It turns out the Conservative Party has nearer 120,000 members in the UK (source Laura McAllister & Roger Awan-Scully of Cardiff University).So that means that 0.18% of the UK will soon decide the next Prime Minister of the UK & the fate of the UK.
Of course it is the Monarch who appoints the Prime MInister (and would probably be the same under a President) the person elected to the leadership of the Tories will have to go Lizzie and ask for permission to form a government
It could be that the election contests so divides the Tories that he or she may suggest that it is impossible to form a government and either recommend that Lizzie calls for Jeremy Corbyn to have a go or call a General Election.
Of course we do things differently in the Assembly and Scottish Parliament where it is the members of that body who approve the next First Minister.
Something that Scottish Tory Leader Ruth Davidson seems to have missed.
Eventually Carwyn Jones became First Minister but it proved that the leader of the largest party does not necessarily become become First Minster and the leader of a Coalition does.
The same could be said of Westminster , where we do not seek public approval for a coalition government after an election.
As I have pointed out before the Prime Minister of such a coalition does not necessarily demand that this would be the leader of the largest party and there would be nothing unconstitutional in a Lab,SNP,Lib Dem, Green rainbow coalition that Plaid’s Liz Saville Roberts could be UK Prime Minister.
The chances are I admit highly unlikely, but it does show that whoever emerges from the bloodbath of the Tory leadership contest has no constitutional impairment to becoming Prime Minister and there is no reason he or she should call a General Election.
of course if the contest saw a rise of the Tories in the polls they man gamble of an election , but unfortunately that is up to them.