Boris Johnson tops first Tory leadership poll

Boris Johnson today has secured the highest number of votes in the first ballot to select the Conservative party leader and next United kingdom prime minister.

Three contenders – Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey – have been knocked out, in the secret ballot held in the House of Commons.

Mr Johnson received 114 votes, Jeremy Hunt was second with 43 and Rory Stewart was the final successful contender, through with 19 votes.

He tweeted his thanks but warned “we have a long way to go”.

The full breakdown of the first ballot was (in alphabetical order):

Michael Gove 37

Matt Hancock 20

Mark Harper 10

Jeremy Hunt 43

Sajid Javid 23

Boris Johnson 114

Andrea Leadsom 11

Esther McVey 9

Dominic Raab 27

Rory Stewart 19



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