Johnson, Hunt battle emerge top two in Tory leadership race


Boris Johnson is now in the lead in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister. Johnson got the backing of 160 Members of Parliaments, that’s more than half of the total, in the final ballot of the party’s MPs.

Hunt got 77 votes, two more votes than the next candidate Michael Gove.

Johnson and Hunt now face a vote involving up to 160,000 Tory members, with a result due by late July.

All 313 Conservative MPs took part in the final ballot in the House of Commons, with one paper spoilt.

Speaking after the results were announced, Hunt promised Boris Johnson “the fight of his life” as the two compete to become the next Conservative leader and PM.

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