Raab eliminated as Johnson wins second leadership contest ballot
The winner from the contest to succeed Theresa May.
So far what happened at the Contest Ballot:
Remember at least one candidate set to be eliminated from the race.
- Boris Johnson comfortably wins the second ballot in the Tory leadership contest with 126 votes
- Ex-Brexit secretary Dominic Raab eliminated with just 30 votes
Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Rory Stewart, and Sajid Javid join Johnson in next round
- Another ballot to be held tomorrow, with further rounds later in the week
BORIS JOHNSON has won the most votes from MPs in the second round of voting for the Conservative leadership contest today (Tuesday).
A total of 126 MPs backed the former Foreign Secretary who came first by a wide margin in the first round.
Current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt came second with 46 votes while Environment Secretary Michael Gove came third with 41.
International Development Secretary Rory Stewart came fourth with 37 votes while Home Secretary Sajid Javid finished second to bottom with 33.
Those still in the running to succeed May will now go through to further ballots of Conservative MPs.
The two most popular candidates at the end of the rounds of voting will then go head-to-head in a ballot of Conservative members.
The voting saw former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab eliminated from the contest to succeed current leader and Prime Minister Theresa May after he won 30 votes. There are now five contenders left in the contest. Remaining five candidates will take part in BBC One debate at 8 pm
Contenders Tweets after the Ballot:
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 18, 2019
Very pleased to have made it through and closed the gap to second! Looking forward to making my case at the BBC debate shortly. The final two should be Brexiteers who are able to take on Corbyn, unite the party and deliver Brexit #ReadyToLead #Gove4PM pic.twitter.com/3h3kbQOLPV
— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) June 18, 2019
— Rory Stewart (@RoryStewartUK) June 18, 2019
Thank you for your support! Looking forward to tonight’s debate with my colleagues and @maitlis. I can lead a Conservative Party which connects with new audiences and creates opportunities for all. #TeamSaj
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) June 18, 2019