Boris Johnson wins another round in Conservative Party leadership contest

Elias Hubbard
June 20, 2019

The choice of who will lead the country of some 65 million people will then be put to the 160,000 members of the Conservative Party in a month-long postal vote.

PM hopeful Boris Johnson leaves his home in London, Britain, June 19, 2019.

But Michael Gove is now hot on Hunt's heels having increased by ten to 51 and, looking at the rate of growth in his support base, it is entirely possible that he will outpace Jeremy Hunt in the end.

The vote, of all Conservative MPs, was the latest in the weird process of choosing a leader of both party and country at the same time, de facto, if not de jure.

Worldwide development minister Rory Stewart managed only 27 votes and was eliminated from the contest.

It is unclear where the 27 Stewart voters will break, as while Hunt and Javid are both former Remain voters, former Vote Leave board member has reinvented himself as something of a "Remainer's Brexiter" since he blew up Mr Johnson's 2016 leadership bid by opting to run against him instead of backing him as they had previously planned.

"We're gaining momentum", said a source in the team running Johnson's campaign.

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid is the latest Tory MP to be eliminated from the race to become the next prime minister, with former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stretching his lead after the latest round of voting.

He won the support of one of earlier candidates, pro-Brexit lawmaker and former Brexit minister Dominic Raab, who said Johnson would take Britain out of the European Union by the end of October.

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