Live coverage: Second vote in Tory leadership race

Conservative MPs have voted in the second bout of the contest to select Britain’s next prime minister.

Candidates need to gain at least 33 votes from MPs to remain in the race to reach the final run-off, which will see some 160,000 Tory members select the next leader. The results will be known at about 6pm.

Meanwhile, candidates including frontrunner Boris Johnson will later take part in a TV debate.

Here’s the latest:

5.35pm

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Environment Secretary Michael Gove leaves Downing Street after a cabinet meeting earlier on Tuesday (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

5.30pm

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5.26pm

Tory debate studio
The London studio where the BBC TV debate will take place (Jeff Overs/BBC/PA)

5.25pm

Earlier, Prime Minister Theresa May, asked who she voted for in the Tory leadership ballot, told reporters: “As I said last week, none of your business.”

5.20pm

Tory leadership contest latest odds
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5.15pm

Candidates need 33 votes in today’s second ballot to remain in the Tory leadership race.

Rory Stewart picked up just 19 votes in the first round but his campaign has gathered momentum and a source close to him told the Press Association: “I think we’re there, but it’s tight.”

Sajid Javid got 23 votes in the first round, and a campaign source acknowledged it was “close” and they were “making no predictions” about what would happen.

Both Cabinet ministers have publicly said they are confident of securing the numbers needed to remain in the race.

An ally of former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, who got 27 votes, said they were “quietly confident” he would pass the threshold.

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