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And they’re off – Tory leadership runners and riders

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Director and Head of Investor Services
June 11, 2019

The results of the final round of voting amongst the Conservative parliamentary party are in, and the head-to-head contest will be between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. Amid accusations from Michael Gove’s supporters that Johnson’s team engaged in dirty tricks to force him out of the contest, Hunt beat Gove by just two votes to make the final two – 77-75. Johnson finished with 160 votes, more than twice that of Hunt. The leadership contest will now be decided by the 160,000 Conservative Party members, with the winner to be announced on 22 July. Hustings begin in Birmingham on Saturday 22 June and will continue over the next month in 15 additional locations. Hunt will face an uphill battle if he is to take the leadership, with Johnson being the firm favourite. However, Hunt has committed to giving Johnson ‘the fight of his life’; whether Hunt can find a knock-out blow remains to be seen. Take a look at our updated runners and riders guide to see where the final two candidates stand.

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