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Tory leadership contest: Boris Johnson tops first ballot

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

Three contenders – Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey – have been knocked out, in the secret ballot held in the House of Commons.

Mr Johnson received 114 votes, Jeremy Hunt was second with 43 and Rory Stewart was the final successful contender, through with 19 votes.

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