BORIS Johnson is on course to win the Tory Leadership Election and become Britain’s next Prime Minister after winning the first round of voting.
Johnson won the first ballot today gaining the backing of 114 Tory MPs, far ahead of any other rival.
Mr Johnson said that there was a “long way to go” before he could claim the keys to Number 10.
Three contenders for the Tory crown were eliminated with Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey all being defeated from the race.
The ten candidates are now down to seven with Micheal Gove, Dominic Raab and Jeremy Hunt all receiving the most votes after Bojo.
Johnson said: “Thank you to my friends and colleagues in the Conservative and Unionist Party for your support.
“I am delighted to win the first ballot, but we have a long way to go.”
Micheal Gove said: “I’m delighted to be through to the next round of the Tory leadership contest along with a range of other very good candidates and I’d like to thank everyone who supported me from across the Conservative Party and beyond,” he said.
“I now want to make sure that we have a proper debate about ideas.
“I believe that I’ve got the policies that can transform this country for the better.
“I’ve got the experience of delivery that can make sure that we have a brighter future and I’ve got the range of support which will enable all of us in this country to come together.
“I’m ready to unite, ready to deliver, ready to lead.”
ROUND ONE RESULTS
Boris Johnson: 114 votes
Jeremy Hunt: 43 votes
Michael Gove: 37 votes
Dominic Raab: 27 votes
Sajid Javid: 23 votes
Matt Hancock: 20 votes
Rory Stewart: 19 votes
Andrea Leadsom: 11 votes (OUT)
Mark Harper: 10 votes (OUT)
Esther McVey: 9 votes (OUT)
Hunt said he was “delighted” and added: “We face a crucial choice: who can negotiate some better choices than the bad ones we face.”
“The stakes have rarely been higher for our country. This serious moment calls for a serious leader.”
Raab said: “I’m the change candidate who can be trusted to deliver Brexit by October and has the vision and energy to take Britain forward, and beat Jeremy Corbyn.”
RORY LAUNCHES ATTACK
Rory Stewart attacked Boris and vowed to ‘bring him down’ over his plans to suspend Parliament to get a ‘no deal’ Brexit through if needed.
“Does he or does he not consider locking the doors of parliament to be acceptable?” said Stewart.
“That is unconstitutional, improper, really disturbing suggestion that you try and get something through by locking the doors of parliament.”
“I guarantee if he were to try, I and every other MP will sit across the road in Methodist Central Hall and we will hold our own session of parliament and we will bring him down.
“Somebody who attempts to subvert our constitution, our liberties, our parliament, this place – who dared to stand as prime minister and claim they could lock the doors on parliament would not deserve to be prime minister.
“And this Parliament would meet, whether he locked the doors or not, and we would bring him down.”