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UK PM race: Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt to contest Conservative leadership; Michael Gove eliminated in final ballot

File photo of Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson. Photograph:( Agencies )

WION Web Team London, London, Great Britain (UK) Jun 20, 2019, 10.49 PM (IST)

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.

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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.

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Earlier on Thursday, Sajid Javid was eliminated after he managed the least number of votes(34) as the race for next prime minister of Britain entered a decisive stage.

The prime ministerial candidate will be picked next month through a ballot by 160,000 Conservative Party members.

The final two candidates will face 16 hustings meetings around the UK and two televised debates before Tory party members will pick their leader to head the country.
 

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Earlier on Thursday, Sajid Javid was eliminated after he managed the least number of votes(34) as the race for next prime minister of Britain entered a decisive stage.