UK Tory contenders confident ahead of party leader vote

World | 23 Jul 2019 5:10 pm

The outcome of the ballot of about 160,000 UK Conservative Party members will be revealed at just before midday in London. The victor will become prime minister tomorrow.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was in a positive mood when he arrived home from a run this morning despite Boris Johnson remaining the clear favorite to take over from Theresa May, The Guardian reports. Hunt said it was still “all to play for,” a comment echoed by his rival as he entered his campaign headquarters.

A Johnson win could spark more government resignations after Sir Alan Duncan quit as Foreign Office minister yesterday in protest at his expected victory, predicting a “crisis of government.''

Chancellor Philip Hammond and justice secretary David Gauke have given notice that they will resign rather than serve under Johnson.-Photo: Sky News


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