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Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are final two in Tory leadership race

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are final two in Tory leadership race

It is also possible that despite having been the overwhelming victor of the poll of Conservative members of parliament who have been the ones voting to this point, now the ballot for the final two is going out to the wider members of the Conservative Party across the country Hunt may believe he is in with a chance of winning.

In the lead-up to a final vote, the campaign to elect the Conservative Party's next leader has taken some surprising twists.

Boris Johnson increased his support base by 17 so increasing his lead over his nearest rival from 80 votes to 89.

Stewart, who advocates a softer Brexit, received just 27 votes in the latest round of voting from Conservative MPs. He has led in all five voting rounds of a contest that began last week with 10 contenders.

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove - (Sajid Javid was knocked out in a fourth ballot earlier in the day).

The victor will be announced in the week beginning July 22 and then take over from Theresa May as prime minister.

"This is a serious moment", she told BBC Radio.

Three people are left in the running to become prime minister.

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MPs rejected the divorce deal she struck with Brussels three times, shredding her authority.

Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this month formally stepped down as party leader after her authority to govern collapsed following several failed attempts to win parliament's approval for a negotiated deal to leave the EU.

He also reaffirmed his demand during the leadership race for a "major boost" in police numbers, a call that has until recently been resisted by the current Chancellor Philip Hammond.

The only candidate to rule out leaving the European Union with no deal, Stewart had made unlikely progress to reach the last five.

Ruth Davidson has announced her support for Michael Gove to be the next prime minister after her preferred candidate, Sajid Javid, fell out of the Tory leadership race.

He and Mr Hunt will now be put to a vote of around 160,000 party members.

In his annual Mansion House speech to London banking bigwigs, Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond will say he can not imagine any Conservative government "actively pursuing a no-deal Brexit".