Chancellor Nadhim Zahavi and Jeremy Hunt have dropped out of the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister of the UK.
A total of six candidates made it through to the first round of voting, with Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 backbench committee, revealing the number of MPs who supported each of them.
Those who passed the next stage are:
But Mr Hunt and Mr Zahavi fell short of the 30-vote threshold, garnering 25 and 18 votes respectively.
Tory MPs will vote again on Thursday as they continue to narrow the pack down to the final two candidates.
Mr Zahavi, who was appointed chancellor just last week, issued a statement saying his “full focus” would now be on the Treasury as “steward of the nation’s finances”.
He added: “I was in favor [leadership] because I have a passionate vision for the United Kingdom I want to see. One where ability, skills and productivity are the keys to success and where there is opportunity for all.
“Obviously, my participation in the competition is now over. My priority is my job as Chancellor of the Exchequer.”
Mr Hunt, who made it to the final two to challenge Boris Johnson in the last leadership election, thanked his “incredible team” on Twitter, adding: 2019
“However, it is clear that our party has an exciting future with the amazing array of talent on offer in this competition and I am confident that we are well on our way to regaining confidence.”
But the former health secretary also offered “gentle advice” to those still in the race, warning them against “fakes and attacks” for “short-term tactical gain”.
“The nation is watching and they’ve had enough of our drama,” he added.
When it came to the winners of the first round, Ms Mordant sent a video thanking her supporters on Twitter, while Mr Tugendhat, who chairs the foreign affairs electoral committee, called it a “fantastic result” for his campaign.
He also tweeted his condolences to Mr Zahavi, saying: “You’re a great person, you’ve been a great candidate, and you’re a great friend. Frontline politics needs you.”
Ms Braverman, who is the attorney general, also tweeted her thanks, while a spokeswoman for the foreign secretary, Ms Truss, urged MPs to “unite” behind her, saying she would “cut taxes, deliver the real economic change we need from the day”. one and ensure Putin’s defeat in Ukraine.”
Ms Badenoch said she was “grateful” to progress to the next stage, adding: “Our party should act as a party of changes. I have the conviction, courage and clarity of mind to make that change.”
There’s still plenty to do before the final two candidates emerge, with the second round of voting taking place on Thursday.
There were reports that a higher threshold would be set, but instead only the person with the lowest number of votes would be eliminated from the competition, although others could opt out.
The final round is not expected to come until the end of next week at the latest, leaving the final couple to campaign over the summer and be voted in by the wider Tory party; with the result announced on September 5.
The leadership contest has since begun Mr Johnson announced his departure from Downing Street last week.
It followed an avalanche of ministerial resignations because of his treatment of disgraced MP Chris Pincherand allegations that he lied about what he knew about the former deputy chief whip’s inappropriate behavior.
Mr Johnson remains in No 10 as interim prime minister while the contest is held.
But Labor has been demanding the prime minister step down immediately in an attempt to force a vote of confidence in him and the government, with the possibility of triggering a general election.
Instead, the government declared itself a vote of confidenceallowing him to craft the wording to make it easier for Mr Johnson’s Tory critics to vote.
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Nadeem Zahavi and Jeremy Hunt out of Tory leadership race after first round of voting | Political news
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