Boris Johnson tops first ballot, Jeremy Hunt second, Michael Gove third, Winner to be announced in week of July 22

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cured the highest number of votesin the first ballot to select the Conservative party leader and next prime minister. Mr Johnson received 114 votes, Jeremy Hunt was second with 43, and Michael Gove third with 37 votes. Seven candidates progress to the next round of voting next week. Three contenders- Mark Harper,Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey – have been knocked out, in the secret ballot held in the House of Commons. The two most popular MPs will be put to Tory party members in a final vote later this month

The winner of the contest to succeed Theresa May is expected to be announced in the week of 22 July. The winner of the contest to lead the Conservative Party will become the next prime minister. Mr Johnson said he was “delighted to win the first ballot, but we have a long way to go”. Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt said he was “delighted” to have come second, saying: “This serious moment calls for a serious leader.” And a spokesperson for Michael Gove’s campaign said: “Everyone had written us off. People said we were going backwards. But we gained support and are in touching distance of second. It’s all to play for.”

Subsequent ballots are scheduled to take place on 18, 19 and 20 June to whittle down the contenders until only two are left. The final pair will then be put to a vote of members of the wider Conservative Party from 22 June, with the winner expected to be announced about four weeks later. Boris Johnson topped the secret ballot with backing from 114 MPs, Jeremy Hunt in second with 43. Environment Secretary Michael Gove was third on 37, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab received 26 votes, Sajid Javid 23 and Matt Hancock 20.

Aid Secretary Rory Stewart just squeezed over the threshold of 17 votes needed from the total of 313 to continue to the next round, with 19. Boris Johnson Boris Johnson launched his bid for the Tory crown with a warning to MPs they will “reap the whirlwind” if they try to thwart Brexit. Mr Johnson said both the main parties faced an “existential threat” unless Britain left the EU by the latest deadline of October 31. “I think maturity and a sense of duty will prevail. I think it will be very difficult for friends in Parliament to obstruct the will of the people and simply to block Brexit,” Mr Johnson said. “I think if we now block it, collectively as parliamentarians we will reap the whirlwind and we will face mortal retribution from the electorate.” In the Commons, the crossparty motion which would have enabled MPs to take control of the business of the House on June 25 was defeated by 309 to 298 – a majority of 11. Sajid Javid Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said he is baffled by his exclusion from the state banquet for Donald Trump during last week’s state visit by the US president. Mr Javid – one of the contenders for the Tory leadership – said he has still not received a proper explanation as to why was the only senior Cabinet minister not to be invited to the dinner at Buckingham Palace.

“I don’t know. I have asked. I was just told that normally home secretaries aren’t invited. So I don’t know,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “I don’t like it. It is odd. My office did ask No 10 and they said ‘no’. You’d have to ask someone from No 10 why they made that decision.” Mr Javid has previously criticised Mr Trump after he tweeted his support for the right-wing Britain First group. He responded that the president was endorsing the views of “a vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me and people like me”. Asked if he thought his exclusion was due to his Muslim background, Mr Javid said: “I am not saying that at all. I really don’t know.” Sajid Javid did meet and speak briefly with the president during the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth on the final day of his visit. During the course of his stay, Mr Trump renewed his long-running feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan – who also comes from a Muslim background – branding him a “stone cold loser”.