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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

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The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson comfortably topped the poll as expected, securing the Obviously Mr Johnson is the frontrunner. I didn’t support him in today ’s ballot and I won’t be Rory Stewart on the phone outside parliament after the results of the first round of the leadership contest

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.

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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.

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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.

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Boris Johnson won the last -minute endorsement of veteran Brexiteer John Redwood, who said What happens next in Tory leadership election? EVERY one of the 313 Tory MPs cast a vote in The final decision then passes to Tory activists who will vote by post to elect the new party leader

Boris Johnson charges towards Number 10 as Dominic Raab is knocked out of Tory leadership race . Thank you to those who supported me in the second ballot. Very much look forward to taking part If no one drops out of the race there will be a vote on Wednesday and two more on Thursday.

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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How will the Tory leader battle play out?

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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.

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

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Boris Johnson will face Jeremy Hunt in the final run-off for the Tory leadership after dramatic votes by MPs . The Environment Secretary, whose campaign at one stage looked to be fatally damaged by his cocaine admission, had dramatically leapfrogged ahead of Mr Hunt in the fourth ballot earlier.

Boris Johnson led the first vote, ahead of Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart. The surviving candidates will face further ballots later this week, where the bottom-ranked MP will be knocked out until only two are left. The final two names will then be put to a postal vote of

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

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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.

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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.'

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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

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