Tory leadership ballot: Who votes in the first two rounds in the Tory leadership race?
Boris Johnson, who launched his leadership campaign on Wednesday, has emerged as the favourite at this stage of the Tory leadership race. The former London mayor has more public endorsement from MPs than the other nine candidates. But it’s not a done deal and leadership elections are notoriously tough. Express.co.uk has all the details on how the work and who gets to vote for the next Conservative Party leader as the first round kicks off today.
Who votes in the first two rounds?
The first two rounds of voting are for Conservative MPs only.
The first round is taking place today, Thursday, June 13, in a secret ballot in the House of Commons.
Candidates must receive at least 17 votes (five percent of MPs) to make it through to the next round.
Results are expected around 1pm and will be announced by the 1922 Committee.
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The next round ballots will take place next week between Tuesday and Thursday, depending on how many candidates make it through.
The result of these ballots is to whittle down the candidates to just two.
Then the race heads to the grassroots members of the Conservative Party.
At the last tally in March 2018, there were 124,000 paid-up members of the wider party, all of whom will get a postal ballot and the final decision on the new Prime Minister.
The winner of the contest to succeed Theresa May is expected to be announced in the week of 22 July.
As it stands, there’s a good chance Mr Johnson will be the next Prime Minister to try navigate the murky waters of Brexit.
In his pitch to MPs on Wednesday, the former foreign secretary pledged to take Britain out of the EU by the end of October.
He gave little detail of his plan but stressed it was not his aim to leave without a deal.
He also defended what he called his straight-talking style, saying the public wanted to hear what politicians genuinely thought and not “muffled” or “veiled” speech.
But he dodged questions on whether he had ever taken cocaine, an admission made by his rival Michael Gove, and one that could cost him greatly in the race.
Who are the candidates?
- Boris Johnson
- Michael Gove
- Matt Hancock
- Jeremy Hunt
- Sajid Javid
- Andrea Leadsom
- Esther McVey
- Dominic Raab
- Rory Stewart
- Mark Harper
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