Tory vote live: MPs narrow their choice for next leader

The contest for a place alongside Boris Johnson on the final ballot paper in the Tory leadership election is hotting up as Conservative MPs vote for a third time.

Former foreign secretary Mr Johnson appears assured of being one of the two candidates who will face a vote by 160,000 Tory members to choose the next prime minister after topping the ballot in the first two rounds of voting.

Tory leadership race
From left, Rory Stewart, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid, the remaining Conservative party leadership contenders (Yui Mok/PA)

Here’s the latest:

5.15pm

Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson said “never comment on numbers” as he left the voting room.

5pm

Tory leadership contest timetable
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4.45pm

4.30pm

Theresa May emerged from the third voting round to tell journalists “as I told you yesterday, none of your business” with a smile and a wag of her finger.

4.15pm

Speaking in the committee corridor outside the room where MPs were voting, Rory Stewart said he believed he had won support from two former backers of Dominic Raab, who was eliminated yesterday.

But Mr Stewart said he worried he may have lost support from a “female proxy voter”.

He said the “dark arts of Gavin Williamson’s proxy votes” could swing things, adding “this is all a mystery but we will know at 6 o’clock”.

4pm

Tory leadership contest latest odds
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3.50pm

Environment Secretary Michael Gove told reporters after he voted: “I’ve got wonderful support from wonderful people, so fingers crossed.”

3.30pm

Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who only just survived the second round of voting, said he was “quietly confident” this time.

Asked where he expected to have won votes from, he said: “We’ll see – I’ll explain afterwards when I’ve won.”

Voting now alongside some brilliant colleagues. My pitch to those not currently backing me: 1) We need a robust but constructive contest.2) I am the only credible change candidate with the experience to do the job and ability to unite the party #TeamSajpic.twitter.com/KPvdYzPzLE

— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) June 19, 2019

3.20pm

Frontrunner Boris Johnson mumbled and smiled but did not answer questions from reporters after he voted in the third ballot.

3.15pm

Voting is under way in the third ballot in the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, asked if he had enough supporters to survive the round, said: “I think so.”

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