Johnson tops Tory leadership first round; McVey, Leadsom out
Boris Johnson predictably topped the first round of the Conservative Party leadership contest on Thursday as the only two female candidates were eliminated.
The hard-right Brexiteer and former foreign secretary Johnson secured 114 first round votes, comfortably ahead of his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt with 43 and the man who knifed him in the 2016 leadership ballot, Michael Gove, who polled 37..
Hardline Brexiters and fellow right-wing travellers Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey were both kicked out of the contest with a paltry 11 and nine votes each respectively.
McVey, an enthusiastic supporter of benefit cuts who was last year forced to apologise to parliament for misleading MPs over Universal Credit, had pledged to stand up for working class voters.
Former chief whip Mark Harper was also eliminated with 10 votes.
Conservative leadership conference first round results:
Boris Johnson 114
Jeremy Hunt 43
Michael Gove 37
Dominic Raab 27
Sajid Javid 23
Matt Hancock 20
Rory Stewart 19
Andrea Leadsom 11
Mark Harper 10
Esther McVey 9