The order of runners-up remains unchanged as today’s third ballot looms: Stewart, Gove, Hunt, Javid.
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He could survive tomorrow’s ballot. If he doesn’t, his supporters will have to ask themselves what sort of final they want.
The International Development Secretary is a marmite candidate among Party members: you love him or you loathe him.
Our latest Next Tory Leader survey. Stewart consolidates at second – but almost 40 points behind Johnson, who keeps over half the vote.
A big question today for Conservative MPs is: what sort of final stage, when the contest goes to the members, do they want?
The Stop Johnson candidate with the most charisma, Stewart, is also the Stop Johnson candidate who is worst placed.
Our hero is lobbied by the teams of four of the candidates – and by the fifth in person…
Why a brief membership stage of this leadership contest is right for the country and the Conservatives
It would suit neither Johnson nor anyone else for the front-runners not be briefly but rigorously tested by activsts and the media.
Johnson as Ulysses. After his many shipwrecks, bloopers and scrapes, Ithaca finally looms into view.
The only other candidate with momentum is Stewart – and it is almost impossible to see where he can glean the votes he needs.
Conservative leadership election result, Parliamentary stage, first round. Johnson wins over 100 votes and tops the poll.
Hunt is second on 43 votes, Gove third on 37, Raab fourth on 27, and Javid fifth on 23. Harper, Leadsom and McVey are out.
In our view, his support is a mix of genuine enthusiasm and a certain resignation: a sense that now is the time to give him a go.
Gove, Stewart and perhaps others too could see their standing and prospects damaged this afternoon.
We apologise for not being swept away by the mania for new announcements that infests this leadership contest.
We also have the result from yesterday evening’s ’92 Group hustings – in which Johnson scooped almost half the vote.
A general election is rolling down the tracks. And he is the man best placed to see off Corbyn and Farage.
Johnson’s bandwagon rolls on, Davidson declares for the Home Secretary – and Gove deploys weapons of mass distraction
Also: don’t cut members out of the contest. And the right exam question for candidates is: who can best win a general election?