Thursday, 13 June 2019

Boris Johnson leads in first ballot for next British Prime Minister

The race for the next British Prime Minister has begun and former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has secured the highest number of votes in the first ballot to select the Conservative party leader.

Johnson edged out nine Tory members of parliaments (MPs) who competed in the first round of the ballots.

The secret ballot poll, which held in the house of commons on Thursday, is to seek a replacement for outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May who resigned as leader of the party on June 7.

Johnson received 114 votes, Jeremy Hunt was second with 43, and Michael Gove third with 37 votes.

Aside Johnson other contenders are: Esther McVey, MP for Tatton; Michael Gove, environment secretary; Dominic Raab, former Brexit secretary; Jeremy Hunt, foreign secretary and Sajid Javid, home secretary.

Others are Matt Hancock, Rory Stewart, Andrea Leadsom and Mark Harper.

Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey were knocked out, in first ballot, as the rule states that any of the 10 candidates who fail to secure at least 17 votes in the first round will be eliminated from the contest.

Seven candidates have progressed to the next round of voting next week.

Johnson, who launched his leadership campaign on Wednesday, is regarded as the frontrunner in the contest.

All 313 Conservative MPs voted in the first ballot.

The winner of the contest to succeed Theresa May is expected to be announced on July 22.

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