WION Web Team London, London, Great Britain (UK)
Jun 20, 2019, 10.49 PM
The British Conservative Party today picked foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to take on Boris Johnson for the post of prime minister while eliminating MP Michael Gove in the fifth and final ballot on Thursday evening.
I'm the underdog - but in politics surprises happen as they did today. I do not doubt the responsibility on my shoulders - to show my party how we deliver Brexit and not an election, but also a turbo-charged economy and a country that walks tall in the world
Gove who had won 61 votes to edge out Hunt who managed 59 votes in the fourth ballot held earlier in the day saw his fortunes dip in the final ballot falling short by two votes winning 75 to Hunt's final tally of 77 votes.
Former London Mayor Boris Johnson who has been the frontrunner in all five ballots extended his lead to win 160 votes after having bagged 157 Conservative votes earlier.