Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Some Tories issued with 'multiple leadership ballots'

Some Tories issued with 'multiple leadership ballots'

Mr Boris Johnson looks set for a landslide victory over rival Jeremy Hunt in the race to become Britain's next prime minister.

The BBC said an investigation it had carried out found some party members had received two ballot papers, citing one party insider as estimating that more than 1,000 people could be affected.

Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson both vow they will ensure Britain completes its delayed departure from the European Union, with or without a deal to smooth the way.

In an interview with The Times, Mr Hunt sought to play down perceptions that Mr Johnson's status as the Brexit referendum's poster child would influence the outcome of the vote.

"The choice on this election isn't actually between our approach to no-deal, it's who is the candidate who is most likely to negotiate a deal so that we don't have those hard decisions to take", Hunt said, Bloomberg reported. Preparing for an exit without an agreement with Brussels is key, he said, adding that the best way to deliver Brexit would be do so with an accord.

The Foreign Secretary said there was "a lot of switching going on now they've got the bigger picture, that's causing people to think - yes. they want Brexit, but they want a vision beyond Brexit".

Theresa May will take her final session of Prime Minister's Questions on 24 July and hand over to the contest victor that afternoon.

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Talking about his views on the justice system, Mr Johnson told the Daily Mail: "I'm afraid there are too many people, because of the way the sentencing law works, who have committed serious violence or sexual offences who are being let out, as the law prescribes, after they've served only half the sentence that is pronounced in open court". The process of dispatch is to be completed by Monday and the vote closes at 5pm on July 22.

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Former Cabinet minister Patrick McLoughlin, who is chairing Mr Hunt's campaign, said the issue has "got to be looked at", but he expects Tory members to follow the rules and vote just once.

Some members of the UK's ruling Conservative Party may have been issued more than one postal ballot paper to cast their vote to elect a new party leader to replace Theresa May as British Prime Minister, according to a media report on Saturday.

It is already too late to win over some Tory members, whose ballot papers have already been filled in and returned to party headquarters.

Party Chairman Brandon Lewis said on Twitter that - as was the case in a general election - people would only be able to vote once even if they had been sent more than one ballot paper.

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