News: Boris Johnson storms through first round of Tory leadership race

News: Boris Johnson storms through first round of Tory leadership race

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Boris Johnson is leading the Conservative party leadership contest after the first round of voting.

Johnson received 114 votes, nearly triple the next closest candidate Jeremy Hunt who had 43 votes.

Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey, and Mark Harper were all eliminated from the process after receiving less than 5% of the votes.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove came in third place with 37 votes, followed by Dominic Raab with 27.

Sajid Javid rounded out the top five with 23 votes.

Social media favourite Rory Stewart narrowly avoided elimination, receiving 19 votes – enough to get him to the second round of voting June 18.

The remaining seven candidates will go through to a debate on Channel 4 this Sunday, before the second ballot two days later.

If there are more than two candidates remaining after a second round of voting there wil be a third round on June 19, followed by fourth and fifth ballots if needed on June 20.

The first hustings events for the final two candidates will be on June 22, with the final result expected a month later on July 22.

Boris Johnson – 114

Jeremy Hunt – 43

Michael Gove – 37

Dominic Raab – 27

Sajid Javid – 23

Matt Hancock – 20

Rory Stewart – 19

Mark Harper – 10

Andrea Leadsom – 11

Esther McVey – 9

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