Boris Johnson leads Tory leadership contest
June 13, 2019 -- Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson won by far the most support from Conservative Party lawmakers in the first round of the contest to replace Theresa May as British prime minister.
Johnson, the face of the official campaign to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, won the support of 114 Conservative lawmakers.
His closest rivals in the first round were: Jeremy Hunt, the foreign minister, who garnered 43 votes; Michael Gove, environment minister, 37 votes and Dominic Raab, former Brexit minister, 27 votes.
Sajid Javid, interior minister, came fifth with 23 votes. Matt Hancock won 20 votes and Rory Stewart 19. Three were knocked out: Andrea Leadsom, former leader of the House of Commons, Mark Harper and Esther McVey.
The second round is due on June 18, with further ballots on June 19 and 20 until there are just two candidates.
From June 22, a postal ballot of the wider Conservative Party membership will then be held to pick leader.