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.
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
Half the 10 candidates could be wiped out at a single stroke in the first round of the contest - as they need at least 17 backers to continue. Frontrunner Boris Johnson is pictured today.
Jeremy Hunt held on to second place and will take on Michael Gove and Javid *for second place* in the last two rounds of MPs’ votes on Thursday as the battle to stop Johnson intensified.
Johnson: 143 votes
Stewart’s maverick campaign saw the former Iraq and Afghanistan diplomat engage with the public across the country and attracted hundreds to his rallies.
But after defying the odds to make it this far, his momentum ran out as he was unable to hoover up enough support from backers of Brexiteer Dominic Raab, who was eliminated on Tuesday.
Stewart could now join Gove’s campaign having admitted the pair had held talks on who would be best placed to challenge Johnson in the members’ run-off.
Boris Johnson Agrees To BBC's Tory Leadership Debate - But Not Channel 4's
Boris Johnson has committed to taking part in a Conservative Party leadership debate with other candidates on the BBC next Tuesday.
The international development secretary’s elimination came after a BBC TV debate performance which even he admitted was “lacklustre”, and which many found odd after he removed his tie half way through.
In Pictures: Boris Johnson's intriguing photo opportunities [Microsoft GES]
Boris Johnson, former foreign secretary under Prime Minister Theresa May, often appears in remarkable offbeat photos. Here's a look at some of them over the years.
(Pictured) Johnson takes part in a tug of war with members of the armed services to launch the London Poppy Day, England, on Oct. 27, 2015.
Riding his bicycle as he leaves the Parliament in Westminster, London, on May 14, 2019.
Asleep while watching a cricket match at the Oval in London on Sept. 8, 2018.
Leaving Downing Street in London on March 27, 2018.
Speaking to the media in London on Feb. 28, 2018.
Out and about in Thame, England, on Oct. 2, 2018.
During a Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, London, on Oct. 2, 2018.
Out and about in London on Oct. 9, 2018.
At Downing Street for the weekly cabinet meeting in London on Feb. 27, 2018.
Playing a homemade electronic guitar made by Chilean school children who are being taught coding by the British Council in Santiago, Chile, on May 23, 2018.
Holding a rhinoceros horn at the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit facility in London on Feb. 19, 2018.
During a visit to St Leonard's Church of England Primary Academy in Hastings to highlight his commitment to girl's education, in London on March 8, 2018.
Rory Stewart denies he has ever been a spy despite previously admitting his career 'gave the appearance' that he worked for MI6
The Tory leadership contender was asked about the long-running rumours he previously worked for the intelligence services prior to becoming an MP at a hustings.
Delivering a speech in central London on Feb. 14, 2018.
Feeding manatees that have been rescued from illegal trafficking while visiting the CREA Animal Rescue Center near Iquitos in the Amazon Basin, Peru, on May 19, 2018.
During a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, Poland, on June 21, 2018.
With a baby black spider monkey while visiting the CREA Animal Rescue Center in Peru on May 19, 2018.
Dancing with a school teacher during a visit to the village school in Santa Marta, on the banks of the Amazon near Iquitos, Peru, on May 19, 2018.
Standing next to Boaty McBoatface, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUVs) used for scientific research, on a visit to National Oceanography Centre where he discussed the FCO Oceans Strategy, in Southampton, England, on June 22, 2018.
'We MUST leave by October': Boris Johnson comes under fire from all sides in brutal Tory leader TV debate as he rejects Brexit delay - but backs off calls for tax cuts for wealthy
Boris Johnson lined up alongside Rory Stewart, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid for the hour-long session at the BBC studios in London. He immediately set out his stall on Brexit, insisting the UK must leave the EU by Halloween. Asked whether he could guarantee the country will be out by the deadline, he said: 'We must come out in the 31st October because otherwise I am afraid we face a catastrophic loss of confidence in politics. 'We have already kicked the can down the road twice and I think the British people are getting thoroughly fed up.
Johnson brings tea for the press outside his house in Thame on Aug. 12, 2018.
Johnson holds a tuatara lizard during his visit to the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand, on July 25, 2017.
Lifting a small boat before going for boating in Chevening, England, on Oct. 15, 2017.
Leaving a bilateral meeting during the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Foreign Affairs in Italy on April 10, 2017.
Attending the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London on June 21, 2017.
Outside his London home on Feb. 22, 2016.
Visiting DCS Group in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, on June 6, 2016.
Attempting a pull-up while inspecting one of the ordered London buses at the Wrightbus factory in Antrim, Ireland, on Feb, 29, 2016.
Wearing protective equipment while visiting Reid Steel during a campaign stop in Christchurch, England, on May 12, 2016.
Johnson gets bowled while playing cricket during a Vote Leave event in Chester le Street, England, on May 30, 2016.
UK Tory race down to 4 as rivals vie to catch Boris Johnson
LONDON (AP) — The race to become Britain's next prime minister is down to the final four on Wednesday, as Boris Johnson stretched his lead among Conservative lawmakers and upstart Rory Stewart was eliminated from the contest. Johnson, a former London mayor and U.K. foreign secretary, won 143 of 313 votes cast in a third-round ballot of Conservative lawmakers. Many fellow Brexit supporters in Parliament have rallied behind his insistence that Britain must leave the European Union as scheduled on Oct. 31. © Provided by The Associated Press Britain's Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson leaves his home in south London, Wednesday June 19, 2019.
At a press conference in London on June 30, 2016.
Wearing virtual reality goggles at the Google office in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Nov. 9, 2015.
Riding an electric scooter at Tel Aviv on Nov. 9, 2015.
Holding a salmon at the New England Seafood Fish Factory in Chessington, England, on March 9, 2015.
During a game of street rugby outside the Tokyo Square Gardens, Japan, on Oct. 15, 2015.
Wearing a traditional headdress during a visit to the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in London on May 28, 2014.
In action during the Rally Against Cancer charity match at the AEGON Championships in London June 16, 2013.
Cycling with Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in front of City Hall in London on March 31, 2011.
Playing table tennis with school children at Bermondsey Square in London on June 25, 2010.
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