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Boris Johnson leads Tory leadership race with 114 votes; Leadsom, McVey and Harper out – live

Boris Johnson leads Tory leadership race with 114 votes; Leadsom, McVey and Harper out – live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the first round of voting in the Tory leadership contestFull results: round one of the Conservative leadership electionAndrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Mark Harper out of raceFirst round ballot results - Snap analysis 3.51pm BST The Tory MP Ken Clarke also said he agreed with Rory Stewart’s comment about how, if Boris Johnson were to suspend parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit, MPs would “bring him down”. (See 2.32pm.) Clarke said: I agree with that … There would be absolute outrage if a new prime minister suddenly decided because he didn’t get a majority in parliament for a policy that he would close parliament down and use dictatorial powers … It’s a bizarre suggestion. 3.44pm BST Just four of the 11 members of the foreign affairs select committee went on its road trip to Northern Ireland today.Four of the five Conservative MPs and three of the five Labour MPs did not turn up in Armagh, where the first of two outreach events with local communities are taking place. Continue reading...

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