Tory leadership: Johnson tops ballot in first round

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Boris Johnson has verified the most astounding number of votes in the principal MPs’ tally to choose the Conservative Party leader and next Prime Minister.

Three contenders – Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey – were thumped out in the mystery tally held in the House of Commons.

Mr Johnson got 114 votes, while Jeremy Hunt was second with 43 and Michael Gove was third with 37.

Seven competitors advanced to the following round of casting a ballot one week from now.

The two who proved most popular after the last MPs’ poll will go to Conservative Party individuals in a last vote not long from now.

The winner of the contest to succeed Theresa May is required to be declared in the seven day stretch of 22 July.

Mr Johnson, a previous Foreign Secretary who served for a long time as Mayor of London, said he was “charmed” to win yet cautioned that his crusade still had “long way to go”.

Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt likewise said he was “pleased” to have come second, stating that: “This genuine minute requires a genuine pioneer.”

Environment Secretary Mr Gove said it was “all to play for” and he was “especially looking forward” to applicants’ TV banters on Channel 4 on Sunday and on BBC One next Tuesday.

Each of the 313 Conservative MPs casted a ballot in the primary vote, including Mrs May, who wouldn’t state whom she had supported.

The contestant, who came fourth, former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, said he was “pleased and respected” and he had a “decent base to expand on”.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who came fifth, stated: “I anticipate proceeding to share my positive vision and my arrangement for joining the nation.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, set 6th, expressed gratitude toward his supporters, saying it was “fantastic to have a bigger number of votes from partners than I could have sought after”.

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Further tickets are booked to happen on 18, 19 and 20 June to trim down the contenders until just two are left.

The last pair will at that point be put to a vote of individuals from the more extensive Conservative Party from 22 June, with the champ expected to be declared around about a month later.

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