And then there were two

Staff Writer | Jun 25, 2019
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt remain in race to become British Prime Minister

Following a number of rounds of voting by Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the Conservative (or Tory) Party in the United Kingdom (UK), two candidates remain to replace Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister of the country.

Johnson, a former journalist, foreign secretary, and mayor of London, finished with 160 votes, of the 312 cast. Hunt, the current foreign secretary trailed by some distance, with 77 votes. Michael Gove, a long-time rival of Johnson’s was eliminated with 75 votes. The 160 000 ordinary members of the party will now vote on their preferred candidate, who will become the party leader and leader of the UK.

A poll conducted amongst Tory town councillors found that Johnson was their preferred candidate by some margin – it remains to be seen whether he will also be the choice of ordinary party members.

Johnson has attracted some unwanted attention of late. Police were called to a flat he shares with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, following a domestic dispute, last Friday. Johnson refused to answer questions from the media around the incident, and it does seem to have affected his popularity amongst the British public, including members of the Conservative Party.

Max Hastings, Johnson’s former boss at the Daily Telegraph, also recently said that Johnson was unfit to become Prime Minister and that he had a ‘contempt for truth’.

The results of the ballot amongst ordinary Tory members will be announced on 22 July.


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