Rory Stewart knocked out of race to be next United Kingdom prime minister

Rory Stewart knocked out of race to be next United Kingdom prime minister

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove - (Sajid Javid was knocked out in a fourth ballot earlier in the day). The remaining candidates are Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt.

The victor of the runoff, due to be announced the week of July 22, will become Conservative leader and prime minister, replacing Theresa May.

Three people are left in the running to become prime minister.

The two Tories were on opposite sides of the European Union referendum in 2016, with Boris Johnson - then Mayor of London - serving as frontman for the Vote Leave campaign, while George Osborne - then Chancellor of the Exchequer - acted as the Remain campaign's "scaremonger-general", threatening a so-called punishment budget, recession, massive layoffs, and a body blow to pensions if the public backed Brexit.

A second vote Thursday will select the final two contenders, who will go to a by-mail ballot of all 160,000 Conservative Party members nationwide.

He has described himself as a "reluctant Remainer", being a Eurosceptic on the whole, while believing that Britain is better off as a member of the EU.

The victor will be announced in the week beginning July 22 and then take over from Theresa May as prime minister.

International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, who had looked to be gaining momentum with his unconventional campaigning approach of meeting and greeting the public, fell out of the race on Wednesday, after receiving just 27 votes from fellow MPs.

"Boris will say absolutely anything in order to please an audience", historian Max Hastings told the BBC on Thursday.

Global development minister Rory Stewart was eliminated with 27 votes.

Johnson got 160 of the votes cast by 313 Tory lawmakers in the final round, and is strong favorite to win the ballot of some 160,000 party members.

Despite a series of scandals in the past and criticism about his attention to detail, Johnson has dominated the race since May announced a month ago that she would step down after failing to get her Brexit deal ratified by parliament.

However, she is due in Brussels for her last formal European Union summit as prime minister and so would have to vote by proxy in Thursday's second ballot. The candidates differ on how they plan to end the impasse.

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