Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boris Johnson extends lead in United Kingdom race for prime minister

Boris Johnson extends lead in United Kingdom race for prime minister

Mr Gove was supported by 75 MPs - just two votes short of Mr Hunt's 77.

The victor will be announced in the week of 22 July.

Johnson is being challenged by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

The vote, of all Conservative MPs, was the latest in the freakish process of choosing a leader of both party and country at the same time, de facto, if not de jure. Thursday's fourth ballot takes place between 10am and 12pm (0900 GMT and 1100 GMT), with the result declared an hour later.

If no candidates have voluntarily withdrawn and three remain, MPs are then scheduled to vote again between 3:30pm and 5:30pm (1430 GMT and 1630 GMT).

Thursday's double round of voting will see candidates frantically scrambling for their colleagues' support - and arm-twisting galore.

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There had been speculation in the British press in the runup to the third vote that Stewart had been talking to Gove about combining forces.

"Boris will make sure we leave the European Union on time", Raab said.

Javid, the son of Pakistani immigrants, says he offers a common-man alternative to private school-educated rivals like Johnson and Stewart, although he was a highly paid investment banker before entering politics.

"Mr Johnson is the candidate who has the most room for manoeuvre to get the country out of the Brexit mess", the editorial remarks ominously.

Losing his Cabinet position after Bullingdon Club playmate David Cameron's resignation as Prime Minister, Osborne left Parliament to become editor at the Russian-owned London Evening Standard - among many other lucrative positions - where he has fought a rearguard action against Brexit and in favour of mass migration ever since. She has repeatedly told journalists "none of your business!" after voting and said she had not even told her husband.

Stewart won 27 votes - 10 fewer than he received in Tuesday's second ballot - and was eliminated.

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