UK: First round of Conservative leadership balloting goes to Boris Johnson

UK: First round of Conservative leadership balloting goes to Boris Johnson
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[Ed. – Well, that’ll frost some cookies.  I don’t suppose the Brits will figure out any faster than others do that you can’t make Churchills when you’re threatening grannies who say “a boy will never be a girl” with jail time. When political correctness is a social pathology that can actually lead to incarceration, you get BoJos — if you’re lucky.]

Boris Johnson has secured the highest number of votes in the first MPs’ ballot to select the Conservative Party leader and next prime minister.

Three contenders – Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey – were knocked out in the secret ballot of Tory MPs.

Mr Johnson received 114 votes, significantly more than his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt, who came second with 43. Michael Gove was third with 37.

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Seven candidates progress to the next round of voting next week.

The two who prove most popular after the last MPs’ ballot will go to Conservative Party members in a final vote later this month.

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