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Tory Party Leader Election – Round 3

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Voting in the third round of elections for a new leader of the Tory party has completed (19 June 2019).

In this round the contender with the least number of votes is eliminated.

Results were as follows:

1. Boris Johnson 143 (126) (114)

2. Jeremy Hunt 54 (46) (43)

3. Michael Gove 51 (41) (37)

4. Sajid Javid 38 (33) (23)

Eliminated

5. Rory Stewart 27 (37) (19)

Further ballots are scheduled to take place on 20 June to reduce the number of candidates until two are left. In each of these rounds the candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated

The final two will be put to a vote of the Conservative Party membership from 22 June, with the result expected four weeks later.

Tory Party Leader Election – Round 2

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Voting in the second round of elections for a new leader of the Tory party has completed (18 June 2019).

In this round all those with fewer than 33 votes, or if all contenders have more than 33 votes the one with the least number of votes, are eliminated.

Results were as follows:

1. Boris Johnson 126 (114)

2. Jeremy Hunt 46 (43)

3. Michael Gove 41 (37)

4. Rory Stewart 37 (19)

5. Sajid Javid 33 (23)

Eliminated

6. Dominic Raab 30 (27)

Matt Hancock withdrew from the leadership contest on 14 June, prior to the second vote.

Further ballots are scheduled to take place on 19, 20 June to reduce the number of candidates until two are left. In each of these rounds the candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated

The final two will be put to a vote of the Conservative Party membership from 22 June, with the result expected four weeks later.

Tory Party Leader Election – Round 1

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Voting in the first round of elections for a new leader of the Tory party has completed.

In this round those with fewer than 17 votes, or if all contenders have more than 17 votes the one with the least number of votes, are eliminated

Results were as follows:

1. Boris Johnson 114

2. Jeremy Hunt 43

3. Michael Gove 37

4. Dominic Raab 27

5. Sajid Javid 23

6. Matt Hancock 20

7. Rory Stewart 19

Eliminated

8. Andrea Leadsom 11

9. Mark Harper 10

10. Esther McVey 9

Further ballots are scheduled to take place on 18, 19 and 20 June to reduce the number of candidates until two are left.

The final two will be put to a vote of the Conservative Party membership from 22 June, with the result expected four weeks later.

Tory Party Leader Election

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Theresa May formally resigned as Tory leader in a private letter to the acting chairs of the Conservative Party’s backbench 1922 Committee on Friday 7 June 2019 and the contest to become leader of the Conservative Party began officially today, Monday 10 June, with nominations closing at 5pm.

There are 10 candidates. Each candidate needs to be nominated by 2 fellow MPs and have the support of an additional 6 MPs.

Candidates are:

  • Michael Gove
  • Matt Hancock
  • Mark Harper
  • Jeremy Hunt
  • Sajid Javid
  • Boris Johnson
  • Andrea Leadsom
  • Esther McVey
  • Dominic Raab
  • Rory Stewart

A series of ballots are held by Conservative MPs to reduce the number of candidates to 2.

In the first round, candidates are required to receive at least 5% of the votes (17 MPs) in order to proceed to the next round.

In the second round, candidates are required to receive at least 10% of the votes (33 MPs) in order to proceed to the next round.

For the remaining ballots, the candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated and further ballots are held until there are 2 candidates remaining.

These 2 candidates are put forward for a postal ballot by all Conservative Party members, and the candidates receiving the most votes becomes Leader of the Conservative Party. Because the Conservative Party currently form the Government the successful candidate also becomes Prime Minister.

By-Election Peterborough 6 June 2019

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The by-election in Peterborough was held following the Recall of the MP Fiona Onasanya who was convicted of lying over a speeding offence and thrown out of the Labour Party.

The Recall of MPs Act 2015 introduced a process by which an MP can lose their seat in the House of Commons if there is a successful petition to recall them.

Turnout at the election was 48.4%, down from 67.5% in the 2017 General Election when Labour beat the Conservatives by 607 votes after the Conservatives had held the seat for 12 years.

Although having been formed less than 2 months ago, expectations were high that the Brexit Party would gain the seat, following their recent success in the European Elections, and based on the fact that Peterborough had backed leaving the EU by 61% to 39%.

The result was close and Labour managed to retain the seat by 683 votes from the Brexit Party candidate.

However, Labour’s share of the vote dropped by 17% from the previous election in 2017, so they should not be too complacent about their victory. The Conservative share of the vote dropped by a massive 25%. The Liberal Democrat share increased by 9%.

Party Candidate Votes % +/-%
Labour Lisa Forbes 10,484 31% -17%
Brexit Party Mike Greene 9,801 29% +29%
Conservative Paul Bristow 7,243 21% -25%
Liberal Democrats Beki Sellick 4,159 12% +9%
Green Joseph Wells 1,035 3% +1%
UKIP John Whitby 400 1% +1%
Others (9 Candidates) 798 2% +2%

In the 2017 election results were:

Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Fiona Onasanya 22,950 48.1%
Conservative Stewart Jackson 22,343 46.8%
Liberal Democrats Beki Sellick 1,597 3.3%
Green Fiona Radic 848 1.8%
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