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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