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Tory party leadership election to start today with at least one MP being ruled out

Tory party leadership election to start today with at least one MP being ruled out

The 10 people going for the top Tory job with hopes of being the next Prime Minister

Voting will get underway today in the Conservative Party with at least one contender for the top job being ruled out.

MPs will hold their first ballot for the leadership of the party with candidates needing to secure at least 17 votes to go through to the next round.

Anyone below that threshold will be eliminated automatically.

If they all meet the target then the MP with the lowest number of votes will have to leave the race for Number 10.

Voting by all 313 Tory MPs will start at 10am and finish at 12noon with the result announced at 1pm.

Esther McVey and Mark Harper are currently favourites to be booted from the race and Boris remains the most likely to get the job, according to the bookies.

The next round of voting will take place next Tuesday and they will need to get 33 votes with balloting continuing until two candidates remain.

Next Wednesday a third ballot will happen and if nobody has been chosen a fourth and fifth ballot will take place a week today.

The final two will then take their campaign national with all Conservative Party members getting the chance to vote.

The winner will be announced on Monday July 22.

Boris Johnson

Image ??Licensed to i-Images Picture Agency. 12/06/2019. London, United Kingdom. Boris Johnson Launches his leadership Campaign. Former Foreign Secreatry Boris Johnson launching his Leadership campaign in Central London, to replace Theresa May to be the next Prime Minister of Britain. Picture by Andrew Parsons / i-Images

Boris Johnson is pushing his campaign on Brexit (Picture: i-Images)

The leadership frontrunner said Britain must leave the EU by October 31, regardless of whether it had been able to negotiate a fresh deal with Brussels.

He insisted he did not want a no-deal but said it was essential that the Government prepared for that eventuality as a ‘last resort’.

He cited his record as mayor of London, when he combined policies promoting social justice with support for business and financial services.

Sajid Javid

Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid, candidate for the Conservative Party leadership, speaks during the launch of the book "Britain Beyond Brexit", in London, Britain June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Sajid Javid wants the UK to prepare for a no deal but reckons he can get a deal through parliament (Picture: Reuters)

The Home secretary insisted he could change the image of the Tories across the country as he stressed his humble background as the son of an immigrant.

He said it was time to follow the Scottish Tories and ‘leave the short term comfort zone and throw out central casting’ by picking somebody different.

Mr Javid said the UK must prepare for a no deal, but insisted he could get an agreement through Parliament by October 31.

Branding Mr Johnson as ‘yesterday’s news’, Mr Javid said voters wanted to hear the Tories talk about more than Brexit

Michael Gove

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Justice Secretary Michael Gove attends a Vote Leave rally on June 4, 2016 in London, England. Boris Johnson and the Vote Leave campaign are touring the UK in their Brexit Battle Bus. The campaign is hoping to persuade voters to back leaving the European Union in the Referendum on the 23rd June 2016. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Michael Gove wants to scrap VAT and have a lower and simpler sales tax (Picture: Getty)

One of the leaders of the Vote Leave campaign, he said Brexit was an ‘unashamedly personal’ matter for him, although he would be prepared to delay beyond October 31 if negotiations were making progress.

Following the disclosure he took cocaine before entering politics, he sought to get his campaign back on track, taunting his rival and sometime ally Boris Johnson for pulling out of the last leadership contest.

The Environment Secretary said he would scrap VAT and replace it with a lower and simpler sales tax.

Jeremy Hunt

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 11, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Tories. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Jeremy Hunt is prepared to leave without a deal but may delay Brexit (Picture: PA)

The Foreign Secretary said he was a ‘serious leader’ for a ‘serious moment’ in the country’s history.

He warned the Tories would be ‘annihilated’ if they fought a general election without first delivering Brexit.

He said would be prepared to leave the EU without a deal, but signalled he could extend Brexit beyond October 31 if an agreement was in sight.

Dominic Raab

Conservative leadership hopeful Dominic Raab at the launch of the Centre for Policy Studies essay collection on Britain Beyond Brexit, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 10, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Tories. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Dominic Raab refused to rule out suspending Parliament to force Brexit through (Picture: PA)

The former Brexit secretary said he was the ‘conviction Brexiteer’ with the ‘discipline and focus’ to get Britain out of the EU by October 31.

In what was seen as a sideswipe at Boris Johnson, he said ‘bluff and bluster’ would not deliver and refused to rule out suspending Parliament to get Brexit through.

On domestic policy, he said he would raise the employee’s national insurance threshold to ‘take the lowest paid out of payroll taxes altogether’.

Matt Hancock

Health Secretary Matt Hancock launches his campaign in central London to become leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party and Prime Minister. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 10, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Tories. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Matt Hancock wants to go back to Brussels to talk about the Irish backstop (Picture: PA)

The Health Secretary said he had the ‘only credible plan’ for Brexit which could get through Parliament.

He said no deal was not possible as MPs would prevent it and that he would go back to Brussels to negotiate a time limit to the Northern Ireland backstop.

He promised to raise the national living wage to more than £10-an-hour.

Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart MP, launches campaign to become the leader of the Conservative party, London, UK. Featuring: Steve Bray, Rory Stewart Where: London, United Kingdom When: 11 Jun 2019 Credit: Wheatley/WENN

Rory Stewart attacked Boris in his bid to be the next PM (Picture: Wenn)

The International Development Secretary issued a vigorous warning against a no-deal Brexit, accusing proponents of peddling ‘fairy stories’.

He said that if MPs were unable agree a way forward he could appoint a ‘grand jury of citizens’ to sit for three weeks to come up with a solution.

His launch included a strong personal attack on Boris Johnson, questioning whether he was the right person to take charge of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

Andrea Leadsom

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom launches her campaign to become leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party and Prime Minister at the Institute for Mechanical Engineers in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 11, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Tories. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Andrea Leadsom is among the bookies favourites to lose out today (Picture: PA)

The former leader of the House set out plans for a ‘managed exit’ from the EU, saying leaving by the October 31 deadline is a ‘hard red line’.

She dismissed claims Parliament would be able to block no deal, saying it was the ‘legal default position’.

On domestic policy, she said her priorities were building new homes, cutting crime, promoting business and delivering a carbon neutral economy.

Mark Harper

Mark Harper launches his Conservative Party leadership bid at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Westminster. London, June 11 2019.

Mark Harper said he would bring a fresh approach to negotiations (Picture: PA)

A former chief whip under David Cameron, he described himself as the ‘serious underdog’ in the contest.

While he said he was prepared for no deal, he said it was not going to be possible to leave by October 31 – with or without a deal – as Parliament would not allow it.

As the only contender not to have served in government under Theresa May, he said he could offer a ‘fresh approach’ to the negotiations with Brussels.

Esther McVey

Britain's former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey speaks during the launch of her campaign for the Conservative Party leadership, in London, Britain June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Esther McVey wants to deliver Brexit on October 31 then unite the country (Picture: PA)

The former work and pensions secretary said she had a ‘clear agenda’ to deliver Brexit on October 31 and then unite the country.

She promised a pay rise for the four million public sector workers whose efforts had helped get the economy ‘back on track’.

Ms McVey said she would also increase spending on the police and education while cutting back foreign aid to pre-2010 levels.

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