First vote on UK Conservative Party leadership

Missy reporting from the UK:

On Monday the Conservative Party leadership campaign officially began. Ten MPs officially entered the race, they were:

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Rory Stewart, Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom, Matt Hancock, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid, Mark Harper.

This morning was the first round of voting by the Parliamentary Party, after a change of rules a couple of weeks ago candidates must get more than 16 votes from fellow MPs in order to progress with the candidates with the lowest number of votes being eliminated if all are over 16 votes, as opposed to previous rules which stated that only the candidate with the lowest number of votes was to be eliminated at each round regardless of number of votes of second lowest. The new rules mean that multiple candidates can be eliminated at once.

In today’s voting Boris Johnson received a higher number of votes than originally expected, this could be due to some polling this week which shows that Boris is the candidate most likely able to win a General Election.

The results from today’s vote is:
Johnson: 114
Hunt: 43
Gove: 37
Raab: 27
Javid: 23
Hancock 20
Stewart: 19
Leadsom: 11
Harper: 10
McVey: 9

The odds for Johnson winning have been slashed to 1/5.

Gove’s campaign suffered a bit earlier this week after he admitted over the weekend to using cocaine about 20 years ago. The admission came ahead of an unauthorised biography due to be released that details his drug use.

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th June 2019

    Seems to hinge around the “Anyone But Boris” sentiment. But I think he just needs to make the final pair for the wider membership to pick him.

  2. Zedd

     /  14th June 2019

    I saw a news item; Gove admitted being a ‘coke snorter’ this has reportedly cast him in a ‘very dim light’ BUT there were also allegations that Boris, once admitted this too.. but now denies it !

    echoes of ‘I tried it but didn’t inhale’ OR like some NZ MPs ‘I smoked some pot at Uni.. decades ago, but everyone was doing it’ then trying to deny, they were actually BREAKING the Law :/

  3. duperez

     /  14th June 2019


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