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US NewsWho will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest

14:50  13 june  2019
14:50  13 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

First MP pulls out of Tory leadership race

First MP pulls out of Tory leadership race James Cleverly has pulled out of the race to be Britain's next prime minister, saying it is "highly unlikely" he would have won. The Brexit minister admitted that since launching his campaign it had become clear "MPs weren't comfortable" with his pitch of selecting a new face and moving on to other issues "quickly" after delivering Brexit. He brings the number of candidates vying to replace Theresa May down to 12, slightly narrowing an already crowded field. Mr Cleverly had won the backing of the necessary two MPs needed to make it on to the ballot paper.

Tory leadership : Who will be the next prime minister? Tory debate clash over Brexit deadline. Mr Hunt again came second in the latest ballot of 313 Tory MPs , with 46 votes - three more than in last week's first vote. Mr Gove and Mr Javid also increased their level of support - by four and 10 votes to

Tory leadership rivals scramble to sabotage Johnson 's coronation as he steams towards No 10 after winning Three of the hopefuls were knocked out despite pleading for support from MPs as they came to vote today . Andrea Leadsom, Mark Harper and Esther McVey were kicked out with 11

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Boris Johnson (pictured leaving his London home today) cemented his front runner status yesterday after launching his leadership campaign

Tory hopefuls are still frantically lobbying MPs today after voting began to decide the next leader.

Struggling contenders Andrea Leadsom, Rory Stewart and Esther McVey were hanging around the committee room where the ballot is taking place.

The trio looked in good spirits as they posed for selfies inside Parliament. But half the 10 candidates could be wiped out at a single stroke when the result is declared this afternoon, as they need at least 17 backers to continue.

What the papers say – June 10

What the papers say – June 10 Embattled politician Michael Gove features across the front pages.

The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson comfortably topped the poll as expected, securing the I look forward to continuing to share my positive vision and my plan for uniting the country #TeamSaj. Rory Stewart on the phone outside parliament after the results of the first round of the leadership

BORIS JOHNSON surged ahead in the race for No10 yesterday as senior Tories rushed to back him Boris - supporting MP. Leave supporter Liam Fox will also run amid fears Eurosceptics could be squeezed out of the race . In his first interview since ruling himself out of the leadership race , Mr

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Former Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom posted a selfie with fellow contenders Rory Stewart and Esther McVey looking in good spirits

Boris Johnson looks poised to storm the contest to succeed Theresa May, as a poll found he is the overwhelming choice of activists.

The survey by the grass-roots ConservativeHome website put him on 54 per cent - with Rory Stewart a surprising but distant second on 12 per cent.

Launching his campaign yesterday, Mr Johnson warned of 'mortal retribution' from the public unless the government delivers Brexit - although he was left blustering by questions over whether he used cocaine in the past.

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Michael Gove (pictured leaving his London home today) has been struggling to recover after admitting to cocaine use in the past At a hustings last night, he also refused to rule out suspending Parliament to force No Deal by the end of October, merely saying he was 'not attracted' to the idea.

Johnson launches campaign as poll suggests he is election gold

Johnson launches campaign as poll suggests he is election gold Boris Johnson is launching his Tory leadership campaign boosted by a major new cabinet endorsement and a highly favourable opinion poll. Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay has become the latest senior Tory to back the former foreign secretary, telling Sky News Mr Johnson will deliver Brexit on 31 October. And a ComRes poll in The Daily Telegraph suggests that with Mr Johnson as leader the Conservatives could be heading for a landslide at the next election with a majority of 140.

Boris Johnson ’s leadership campaign was gathering steam on Thursday Johnson , an architect of the Vote Leave campaign, is the firm favourite to take over as Conservative leader if he wins enough support among MPs to make it on to the final list of two candidates to be put to the party membership.

Boris Johnson has been boosted by a fresh round of endorsements after the contest kicked off for real, including from Iain Duncan Smith. Former leader Iain Duncan Smith has backed him to take over from Theresa May. MPs will carry out the first round of voting on Thursday as they whittle down

But rivals have stepped up their attacks on the former foreign secretary, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid branding him one of the 'same old school ties' and urging Conservatives to choose a less divisive candidate.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt joked that he woke up today feeling like it was the 'morning of my wedding'. 'Something big is going to change but don't quite know how it is going to unfold,' he tweeted.

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt joked that he woke up today feeling like it was the 'morning of my wedding' Leadership hopefuls need at least 17 votes in the secret ballot to go through to the second round, with anyone below the threshold automatically eliminated.

But even if all the candidates meet the target, the one with the lowest number of votes overall will still have to exit the race.

Mr Johnson has 82 public pledges of support - way ahead of Michael Gove who has 32, and Jeremy Hunt on 30. Dominic Raab has 22, and Sajid Javid 18.

Jail for 'brutal, frenzied' attack on woman at Take That gig

Jail for 'brutal, frenzied' attack on woman at Take That gig A concert-goer has been jailed for his part in a "brutal, frenzied" attack on a woman at a Take That gig which left the victim with a bruised kidney and clumps of her hair torn out. Ciaran Byrne (33) "joined in" after his sister and his then-fiancée started the assault when a row over a spilled drink escalated. Judge John Hughes gave him a six-month sentence when he admitted his part in the attack during the concert at Dublin's 3Arena. Byrne, from Dundalk, Co Louth, but now of St Helen's Road, Harrogate, England, pleaded guilty to assault and violent disorder.

PM could be found in contempt of court, warn legal experts, as Corbyn says Johnson ‘not above the law’.

Tory MPs have voted in the first round of the contest to select a new party leader and the next prime minister. Esther McVey was the first candidate to cast her vote and Boris Johnson the last . Mr Johnson - who launched his leadership campaign on Wednesday - is regarded as the frontrunner in

Health Secretary Matt Hancock looks to be close to the threshold of 17, while all the other candidates are well below on declared support.

However, dozens of MPs have yet to state their allegiance - and it is a secret ballot so there is no way of knowing whether they follow through on their pledges.

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More on this story:

EU view of Tory leadership candidates deeply critical, say sources (The Guardian)

Tory leadership race: Contest to narrow down as MPs hold first ballot after intense week of pitches (Evening Standard)

Mobile phones to be banned from Tory leadership vote (Financial Times)

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How will the Tory leader battle play out?

TODAY

This will be another critical day, as the first ballot takes place between 10am and noon. The result is due to be announced at 1pm.

Anyone with fewer than 16 votes will be automatically eliminated, and at least one will be ejected.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19

Further rounds of voting will take place during June until there are just two candidates left by this point.

Lord Sugar backs Boris Johnson as PM despite Brexit jail demand

Lord Sugar backs Boris Johnson as PM despite Brexit jail demand Lord Sugar has backed Boris Johnson as the next prime minister - despite having previously suggested he should be jailed for misleading the public over Brexit. He voiced his opinions on the leading Tory candidate on Sky's Ian King Live on Friday, saying he was "delighted" that Mr Johnson looks like he will be the next Prime Minister. Lord Sugar said: "And the reason for that is because in a bizarre way, when the next general election comes up, I think the voting public will far prefer him than Jeremy Corbyn. "So anybody who will stop Corbyn getting into power is going to be backed by me.

They will then go to a run-off ballot of the 160,000 Tory members.

WEEK OF JULY 22

The winner is due to be declared this week.

They will take over from Mrs May as PM shortly afterwards - probably in time to take a session of PMQs before the Commons breaks up for its summer recess.

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Deep in the heart of the Commons today, Tories started filing into the voting booths.

Mrs May refused to answer questions from reporters about whom she voted for.

'That's none of your business,' she joked as she left the committee room where the ballot is being held.

Jacob Rees-Mogg told reporters he thought Mr Harper could be the first to go.

'Mark Harper doesn't seem in a very strong position,' he said.

'The bottom one goes and anyone under 5 per cent goes. So, it could be more than one who's knocked out.'

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs May (pictured leaving Downing Street today) refused to answer questions from reporters about who she voted for, saying: 'None of your business.' Leadership candidate and former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey said: 'I'm the outsider, I know that.'

Asked who she would urge her supporters to back if she is eliminated, Ms McVey said: 'I'm not answering that yet.'

James Cleverly said he voted for Mr Johnson.

ANDREW PIERCE: 'Old pal' David Cameron helps Boris Johnson in race for No. 10

ANDREW PIERCE: 'Old pal' David Cameron helps Boris Johnson in race for No. 10 ANDREW PIERCE: One Cameron confidant told me: 'David is delighted to be asked to give advice and he buried the hatchet with Boris long ago.'

The Brexit Minister, who aborted his own tilt at the leadership last week, said the former foreign secretary could 'reach out beyond our traditional voter base as well as reaching out to our traditional voter base'.

'I have seen Boris do it twice in what is regarded ... as a Labour city (London),' Mr Cleverly added.

'He has a good track record of delivering.'

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt seem to be heading the field in the Tory leadership race. The chart shows the number of public pledges of support from MPs Mr Johnson launched his bid with a warning to MPs that they will 'reap the whirlwind' if they try to thwart Brexit - and said it was essential that Britain was out of the EU by the end of October.

But Mr Javid dismissed the former foreign secretary as 'yesterday's news', saying the party needed to show it had changed.

Former Commons leader Andrea Leadsom insisted she was 'very optimistic' about the ballot, and said she thought that she had the support to get through to the next round - despite a relatively low number of public endorsements.

She told ITV's Peston: 'There's a whole range of colleagues who for one reason or another don't want to declare for one candidate or another and I'm very optimistic about tomorrow.

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kit Malthouse, who dropped out of the race early on, was also at the House of Commons today 'But tomorrow's a big day, and we'll see some real facts tomorrow - before then it's all just speculation.'

Rory Stewart Eliminated From Tory Leadership Contest

Rory Stewart Eliminated From Tory Leadership Contest Rory Stewart’s insurgent campaign for the Tory leadership has come to an end after he was eliminated in the third round of the contest. The underdog candidate who has captured the imagination of many with his unorthodox campaign was leapfrogged by Sajid Javid and found himself in last place after the third round of MPs’ votes. Boris Johnson was again way out in front and looks certain to be one of the two candidates who will face a vote by 160,000 Tory members to choose the next prime minister.

Former chief whip Mark Harper, ex-work and pensions secretary Esther McVey and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart may also struggle to get over the line on Thursday.

But Mr Harper said: 'I'm confident about getting through tomorrow based on the feedback that I've had from my colleagues, from my campaign launch yesterday and the various hustings that we've had.'

Meanwhile, Labour vowed to keep fighting against No Deal Brexit after the latest cross-party attempt by MPs to take control of Commons business failed.

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who is backing Jeremy Hunt, was among the Tory MPs arriving at Parliament to vote in the contest today The cross-party motion, which would have enabled MPs to take control of the business of the House on June 25, was defeated by 309 to 298 - a majority of 11.

Ten Tories - including Ken Clarke, Sir Oliver Letwin, Justine Greening and Dominic Grieve - supported the motion, but eight Labour MPs voted against.

However, eight Labour MPs defied Jeremy Corbyn to back the government - and two more abstained.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said it would have acted as a 'safety valve' enabling Parliament to pass legislation preventing the next prime minister from taking Britain out of the EU without a deal.

The ballot today opened at 10am and will close at noon, with the result due to be announced at 1pm.

Who will be kicked out of the race to be PM today? Tory leadership outsiders post one last selfie as they scrabble to save face by pleading for support from MPs - as Boris Johnson looks poised to storm first round of contest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At his own launch last night (pictured), Home Secretary Sajid Javid branded Mr Johnson one of the 'same old school ties' and urged Conservatives to choose a less divisive candidate

Tory MPs fear Boris' late-night bust-up - the latest saga in his volatile love life - could hurt his chances of becoming Prime Minister.
Police were called to an altercation at Carrie Symond's south London home last night, rocking Mr Johnson's (pictured tonight) bid for power.

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