Boris Johnson tops first ballot in Tory leadership contest

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Boris Johnson has secured the highest number of votes in the first MPs' ballot to select the Conservative Party leader and next prime minister.

Three contenders - Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey - were knocked out in the secret ballot held in the House of Commons.

Mr Johnson received 114 votes, while Jeremy Hunt was second with 43 and Michael Gove was third with 37.
Seven candidates progress to the next round of voting next week.

The two who prove most popular after the last MPs' ballot will go to Conservative Party members in a final vote later this month.

The winner of the contest to succeed Theresa May is expected to be announced in the week of 22 July.

Johnson tops first Tory leadership poll
 
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Boris will win and the MP's voted down the effort of Labour that we can't leave the EU without a deal. So it's odds on that it'll be Boris taking us out of Europe with no deal. Excellent news.
 
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Is he well liked? How does he compare with May?
Boris gets flack because he says as it is, but it's also part of why he's popular. Also, he's a Brexit leaver. He's not a, "Fine words butter no parsnips" guy.

He could become America's president because he was born in New York.

May was completely hopeless, totally wrong temperament. Too soft.
 
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It appears Boris has a ways to go.
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21 minutes ago
Tory leadership rivals discuss alliance to stop Boris Johnson
Decision on ‘consolidation’ imminent after former foreign secretary’s crushing victory

Conservative leadership candidates are in talks about joining forces to provide the strongest challenge to Boris Johnson, who looks all but certain to be Britain’s next prime minister after trouncing rivals in the first MPs’ ballot.

Johnson hoovered up the votes of 114 MPs, more than a third of the parliamentary Tory party, and enough backers to guarantee him a place in the final two, if he retains their support in later rounds.

His closest rival, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was trailing in a distant second place, with 43 votes. Johnson thanked colleagues and insisted “we have a long way to go”, but MPs believe it would take an extraordinary upset to halt his passage to No 10.

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Is he well liked? How does he compare with May?
He's beloved of many, detested by the rest. If you want actual numbers, Yougov polls say 31% have a positive opinion, 47% a negative opinion. Note that 31% approval is actually pretty good for a British politician. Compare with 27% for May and 26% for Corbyn.

I'm curious what happens if he wins. After all, when Gordon Brown was elected Labour leader he informed us all that it was undemocratic for a party to elect a new PM who hadn't been party leader at the election. The only legitimate option for Brown, he told us, was to call a general election. Obviously, then, Boris will dissolve Parliament, giving that he says it as it is.
 
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He's beloved of many, detested by the rest. If you want actual numbers, Yougov polls say 31% have a positive opinion, 47% a negative opinion. Note that 31% approval is actually pretty good for a British politician. Compare with 27% for May and 26% for Corbyn.

I'm curious what happens if he wins. After all, when Gordon Brown was elected Labour leader he informed us all that it was undemocratic for a party to elect a new PM who hadn't been party leader at the election. The only legitimate option for Brown, he told us, was to call a general election. Obviously, then, Boris will dissolve Parliament, giving that he says it as it is.
Even Churchill wasn't the leader when the Conservatives won. It's kinda the American president being elected by the EC despite not winning the popular vote.
 
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Even Churchill wasn't the leader when the Conservatives won. It's kinda the American president being elected by the EC despite not winning the popular vote.
I know how it works. I'm just curious if Boris will stick to the principles he expected the government to follow when he was in opposition. Our if he's just a typical lying politician devoid of principle who treats things like morals and democratic ideals as tools with which to attack his opponents despite clearly not believing anything he says.

I won't be taking bets.
 
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