Tory Leadership Vote: Boris Johnson Tops First Ballot As Candidates Cut To Seven

Boris Johnson has topped the first ballot of Tory MPs in the party’s leadership race, as the number of candidates was cut from ten to seven.

Andrea Leadsom, Mark Harper and Esther McVey all failed to secure the backing of the required 17 MPs to continue in the contest and have been eliminated.

Johnson won the votes of 114 MPs in Thursday’s secret ballot, ahead of Jeremy Hunt in second place with 43 votes.

The former foreign secretary’s vote tally is more than the number he would need to progress to…
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