Dr Tony Calland, chairman of BMA Wales and the BMA’s ethics committee, put himself forward for the role just before nominations closed on Tuesday afternoon.
He will be up against GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum and BMA acting chairman Dr Sam Everington.
Dr Everington became acting BMA chairman when James Johnson stood down amid a blaze of controversy in May blaming unhappiness within the BMA over a letter he wrote to The Times about the Medical Training Application System.
Dr Everington, a GP from Tower Hamlets, East London, Yorkshire GP Dr Hamish Meldrum and Dr Calland will face a vote from BMA Council members at the BMA’s annual representatives meeting in Torquay, Devon, at the end of this month.
The candidates are remaining tight-lipped about their campaigning differences.
The winner is expected to be unveiled on Thursday 28 June.
The leadership race is likely to be a hot talking point at this week’s LMCs conference in London.
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