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Tories pick final two in battle to become British PM

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Boris Johnson, then-foreign secretary, and Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, in June 2017. Both are current candidates to replace Theresa May.

By AFP, London
21st-Jun-2019       
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Conservative MPs will decide Thursday who will join Boris Johnson in the final two battling become Britain's next prime minister, with three contenders jostling for the second spot.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Interior Minister Sajid Javid are vying to join Johnson on the ballot paper to be put before 160,000 Conservative Party members.
Two rounds of voting are scheduled to whittle the four down to two, though Johnson, barring a spectacular collapse in support, already has more than enough backing to ensure he cruises through.
The last two will then face 16 hustings meetings around the country and two televised debates before Tory party members send in their postal votes to pick a new leader.
The winner will be announced in the week beginning July 22 and then take over from Theresa May as prime minister.
In Wednesday's third ballot of 313 MPs in the governing, centre-right Conservative Party, former foreign secretary Johnson came first with 143 votes, ahead of Hunt on 54, Gove on 51 and Javid on 38.
International development minister Rory Stewart was eliminated with 27 votes.
Thursday's fourth ballot takes place between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm (0900 GMT and 1100 GMT), with the result declared an hour later.
Thursday's double round of voting will see candidates frantically scrambling for their colleagues' support - and arm-twisting galore.
Before Wednesday's vote, Stewart said he had been speaking to Gove about potentially joining forces.
Hunt has come second to former London mayor Johnson in the first three rounds and pledged: "If I make it to the final I will put my heart and soul into giving him the contest of his life." Gove said: "I'm determined to make this a contest of ideas."
Meanwhile Home Secretary Javid was upbeat, saying: "We can do this!"
Bookmakers say Johnson has a 10 in 11 chance of becoming the next Conservative leader.
May stepped down as Conservative leader earlier this month over her failure to deliver Brexit on time, although she remains prime minister until her successor is chosen.
MPs rejected the divorce deal she struck with Brussels three times, shredding her authority.
May has not revealed who she has voted for. She has repeatedly told journalists "none of your business!" after voting and said she had not even told her husband.
However, she is due in Brussels for her last formal European Union summit as prime minister and so would have to vote by proxy in Thursday's second ballot.

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