Johnson ahead as voting for Tory leadership hopefuls begins

Conservative MPs will vote in the first round of the Conservative leadership contest later today.

All 10 hopefuls have launched their campaigns but it is expected that at least one MP – probably more – will be out of the race by the end of the day.

Each candidate needs at least 17 votes to get through, a threshold introduced as a result of rule changes agreed to by the Conservative Party’s executive.

The changes were designed to expedite the process in the most-crowded field of any Tory leadership contest in history.

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