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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the final two candidates in the race to become Tory party leader

Michael Gove was eliminated in today’s second ballot of Conservative MPs despite leapfrogging Jeremy Hunt into second place in the earlier vote.

Boris Johnson retains a commanding lead. Sajid Javid was eliminated in the first ballot today.

In the second vote, Environment Secretary Mr Gove was supported by 75 MPs, just two votes short of Mr Hunt’s 77. Mr Johnson was backed by 160. All 313 Conservative MPs voted – with one spoiled ballot recorded.

Former Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson and the incumbent Mr Hunt will now campaign to win the support of 160,000 party members. The winner will be announced in the week of 22 July.

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