Conservative MP Rory Stewart has been eliminated from the race to become the next British Prime Minister.
The international development secretary began the campaign as a rank outsider; however, he made significant gains in previous votes.
A supporter of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, his elimination means that all the remaining candidates have suggested they will attempt to re-open negotiations with Brussels.
Four candidates now remain in the race – Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Environment Secretary Michal Gove and Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
Following the latest round of votes among Conservative MPs, Mr Johnson continues to top the poll – taking in 143 votes.
Jeremy Hunt is in second place on 54, Michael Gove in third on 51 with Sajid Javid on 38.
Mr Stewart was eliminated with 27 votes.
Following the vote he said he was “moved & inspired” by the support he received throughout the campaign , adding that it has given him “a new faith in politics, a new belief in our country.”
I am so moved & inspired by the support I have received over the last few weeks - it has given me a new faith in politics, a new belief in our country. I didn’t get enough MPs to believe today - but they will 🙂 I remain deeply committed to you and to this country. #RoryWalksOn
— Rory Stewart (@RoryStewartUK) June 19, 2019
There will be further votes tomorrow, with the process to continue until the field has been whittled down to two.
The wider Conservative Party will then vote on which of the final two they want to take control of the party.