Krypton Factor TV special to choose next Tory leader

Ambitious MPs to tackle obstacle course, big plastic jigsaw and quiz on Brexit benefits to succeed May

The Conservative party has announced that its next leader will be chosen in a one off Krypton Factor TV special. Tory bosses have sidestepped the party’s traditional vote of MPs and party members, in favour of a gruelling two-day series of mental and physical challenges, including an army assault course, bike race and observation test on the benefits of Brexit.

Leading contenders David Davis, Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond issued a collective statement saying simply: “Bring it.” Liam Fox is understood to be happy to compete in the early, chair-based rounds, and perhaps the one with the plastic blocks puzzle.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has already ruled himself out after host Gordon Burns vetoed croquet and Latin quiz rounds. A spokesman for the North Somerset MP said: “Jacob has already made clear that he will be our next Queen, not Prime Minister.”