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Tory leadership vote results: Dominic Raab eliminated from the contest as Rory Stewart's support surges

Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart

Dominic Raab has been eliminated from the Tory leadership contest, as Rory Stewart, the former 'rank outsider', was propelled into fourth place.

The former Brexit Secretary has been forced to bow out after falling three votes short of the 33 required to progress to the third round. 

Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, has scraped through on 33, having been widely thought to be out of the contest. 

Meanwhile, the frontrunner Boris Johnson has extended his lead to 126, again securing nearly three times as many votes as his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt, who picked up three votes to take his tally to 46. 

Michael Gove's campaign remains in jeopardy, as the Environment Secretary again finished third with 41. 

However, the biggest winner of the day was Mr Stewart, who gained more supporters - 18 - than any other candidate. 

He has almost doubled his supporters since the first round last week. 

Following the result, Mr Stewart tweeted his thanks to supporters, adding that he was looking forward to debating the other candidates in the BBC leadership debate this evening.

 

'With Raab out, Boris  is now free to be toughest Brexiteer standing'

At least Mr Johnson can console himself with Dominic Raab’s removal from the race, Brexit Commissioning Editor Asa Bennett writes. 

The former Brexit Secretary staked his leadership pitch on trying to be the "toughest Brexiteer in the race", as a supportive MP put it to me, seeking to demonstrate that by upsetting Remainers and his leadership rivals with his readiness to prorogue Parliament to force a no-deal Brexit through. 

But his campaign struggled due to Mr Johnson depriving him of the key Eurosceptic backers he wanted to woo with his pledge to ensure Brexit happens, even without a deal, by October 31.

With Mr Raab out of the race, Mr Johnson will be free to fly the flag in tonight as the strongest Leaver there.

Read more here. 

Rory Stewart survives to go through to the next vote

 As Rory Stewart thanks everyone for the support in a Twitter thread, read why our columnist Bryony Gordon believes he is "exactly what this nation needs".

And if you're just getting familiar with the candidate, Camilla Tominey writes about his "Florence of Belgravia" years, and the portrait that set him apart from his Eton peers.

Rory Stewart's Eaton Portrait

Boris Johnson confirms his status as favourite as he extends his lead

Boris Johnson has confirmed his status as the favourite to be the next prime minister with a commanding victory.

This was another overwhelming victory for Mr Johnson, who secured 126 votes - 80 ahead of his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt on 46.

Boris Johnson sweeps up with the most votes. Here, he is pictured outside his home on Tuesday

The remaining candidates will now take part in a BBC debate tonight, before further votes tomorrow and Thursday will whittle the field down to a final two.

With Mr Johnson appearing certain of a place in the final two, the contest has become a battle for the right to a spot alongside him in the ballot of 160,000 Tory members who will choose the next party leader and prime minister.

Reaction begins to come in after Dominic Raab's elimination

Brexiteer Conservative Andrea Jenkyns tweeted: "Dominic Raab fought an honest  campaign, true to his convictions and fighting to deliver Brexit.

But his talent  deserves to be back in the cabinet. We are rooting for you." 

Meanwhile, ERG vice-chairman Mark Francois said: "It was great to see Boris going up again - that's obviously encouraging.

"In a sense it's a shame to lose Dominic Raab because he is an extremely capable politician.

"I hope whoever wins - and I hope it's Boris - will find a good place for Dom in his Cabinet."

 

Results: Dominic Raab eliminated 

Michael Gove: 41

Jeremy Hunt: 46

Sajid Javid: 33

Boris Johnson: 126

Dominic Raab: 30

Rory Stewart: 37

Tory MPs pile in 

The room is quickly filling up, with Andrew Bridgen, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, former Brexit minister Steve Baker, Damian Collins, Matt Warman, Sir Bill Cash and former party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin among those joining the fray.

Others present include Andrea Jenkyns, Richard Benyon, armed forces minister Tobias Ellwood, former leadership contender Sir John Redwood and former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson.

Results imminent 

The doors of Committee Room 14 have been thrown open and MPs are starting to file in ready for the result.

James Cleverly, who is backing Boris Johnson, has taken up a prime seat near the dais from which the announcement will be made.

Other early arrivals include Mark Francois, Andrew Bowie and Seema Kennedy.

Alok Sharma: inconceivable that Brussels would not renegotiate with PM Boris

Work and Pensions Minister Alok Sharma has claimed that Boris Johnson's plan to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement is credible because "when push comes to shove, the EU does move". 

Speaking to Sky News after the count, Mr Sharma said that Mr Johnson wanted to secure better terms but remained prepared to take the UK out with no-deal if required. 

Asked why Brussels would consider changing its position, he said he could not imagine a situation in which EU negotiators would rethink their strategy when presented with a new prime minister coming to the table with alternative proposals.

Voting closes

The second round of voting for the next Tory leader has ended.

Gavin Williamson, who is running Boris Johnson's campaign, was the last MP to cast his ballot. 

The ballot boxes have just been carried out of Committee Room 14 so they can be counted ready for the announcement at 6pm.

The candidates have all returned to their offices to continue preparing for tonight’s TV debate, though not all of them will be there.

Ken Clarke arrives 

Rory Stewart can breathe a small sigh of relief.

Ken Clarke, the Father of the Commons and one of his more significant backers, has arrived at the vote with 19 minutes to spare before the deadline. 

Journalists outside the room have noted that he arrived at the exact same time last week. 

Tory poll provides ammunition for Scottish nationalists

A poll in which a majority of Tory members said they would prefer Scotland to leave the UK rather than Brexit not happening is an "utter disaster" for Ruth Davidson, an MSP has said.

A YouGov survey of party members showed 63 percent would be prepared to see Brexit take place even if it meant Scotland leaving the UK.

The survey also recorded that almost half would be happy to see the Brexit Party's Nigel Farage as their new leader, while 61 percent would rather Brexit took place even if it caused "significant damage" to the economy.

Some 26 percent of Tory members in the poll said they would be happy to see Scotland leave the UK regardless of the outcome of Brexit.

SNP deputy leader Keith Brown said the results showed Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson had little authority within her party.

"The Tory Party has clearly gone off the deep end - with their Brexit obsession pushing the party further towards the extremes," he added.

"Tory members are so determined to deliver a damaging Brexit they are happy to watch our economy collapse and open the door of number 10 for Nigel Farage to take control of the UK.

"And far from prioritising the union, it's clear Scotland means so little to the members of the Conservative and Unionist Party that two-thirds are happy for Scotland to become independent if it secures Brexit.

"With this poll suggesting that almost a quarter of Tory members in Scotland would prefer to deliver Brexit for their membership down south even if it means an end to the union, it's becoming clearer that Ruth Davidson has little authority in her party in Scotland.

"This poll is an utter disaster for her and shows that her authority is seeping away at an incredible rate, leaving her increasingly isolated."

Rory Stewart compares Theresa May to the Queen

The Mirror's Dan Bloom asked Rory Stewart if Theresa May has voted for him and he said: “No. I think she would never tell her husband. I don’t think she’d tell anyone. To that extent she’s like the Queen.”

Rory Stewart: expect 31 to 35 votes

Rory Stewart tells Christopher Hope he is expecting between 31 and 35 Tory MPs to back him.

“Am I confident? No,” he said.

Sir Graham Brady will not confirm who he backs for leader

Rory Stewart: I'll get 33 votes if 'everybody does what they say'

Rory Stewart said he thinks he had the 33 votes necessary to stay in the race "if everybody does what they say". He also said one "very, very hard Brexiteer" told him he would vote for him.

Referring to rumours Boris Johnson's campaign team may 'lend' Jeremy Hunt votes as they would prefer to face him in the final round, Mr Stewart joked: "I'm trying to persuade Gavin Williamson - apparently he's lending votes, so I'm very keen that he's going to lend me 10 or 15 votes to glide through."

Sajid Javid's team votes in second round

Rory Stewart: Vote will be close

Footage emerges of Boris Johnson telling Tory members his Brexit plan is like the Malthouse Compromise

Mr Johnson said the Irish backstop should be negotiated after the UK has left the EU and that we "have to prepare to come out on different terms".

Watch it here:

 And read his comments on the backstop here:

Jeremy Hunt attacks Boris Johnson's running skills

Jeremy Hunt has mocked his rival's lack of jogging fitness in an interview with the Evening Standard.

“Suffice to say they don’t tell me I am slower than the previous incumbent," he said in a dig at the former Foreign Secretary.

Mr Hunt said he is a candidate who can be trusted to deliver Brexit.

He said: "I’ve not met a single European leader who doesn’t want to avoid no deal and if you put in front of them someone they are prepared to negotiate with, someone they trust — no one ever does a deal with someone they don’t trust — I am that person.”

Asked if that meant EU leaders did not trust Mr Johnson, Mr Hunt said: “People can make their own judgment but I am the Foreign Secretary they have been talking to for the past year. They know that I can be tough. They know that I don’t blink. But they also know I am someone they can engage with.”

Mr Hunt also announced new policy plans on homelessness, fibre optics and electric cars.

MPs prepare to vote in the second leadership round

With Boris Johnson expected to gain more votes after former rivals Andrea Leadsom, Matt Hancock and Esther McVey threw their support behind him, the numbers will be very tight for the other five candidates.

Here are the numbers from last time. Rory Stewart needs to convince the largest number of MPs to meet the 33-vote threshold.

Voting begins at 3pm, with the results expected at 6pm.

Nigel Farage: Milkshake assault hampers 'normal democratic process'

The Brexit Party leader has expressed concerns about democracy after he was hit by a milkshake while campaigning in Newcastle, a court heard today.

Nigel Farage said in a police statement: "Without warning this male has thrown a liquid substance directly at me."

He added: "I am concerned because of the behaviour of individuals like this, the normal democratic process cannot continue in a lawful and peaceful manner."

Today Paul Crowther, 32, who threw a milkshake over Mr Farage, pleaded guilty to the attack at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The drink landed on Mr Farage’s face and suit, also causing damage to a remote microphone he was wearing at the time.

Telegraph hosts Nigel Farage in Cadogan Hall

The Telegraph's Christopher Hope will be in conversation with Nigel Farage from 7.15pm tonight. 

The Sunday Telegraph's Political Editor Edward Malnick will be live Tweeting the event on @edwardmalnick

Chuka Umunna says he will be a Lib Dem till the day he dies

CCTV footage of milkshake attack on Nigel Farage

 

Man who threw milkshake at Nigel Farage ordered to pay compensation for 'suit cleaning, distress and inconvenience'

Dominic Raab launches new campaign video with karate shot

The video opens on a shot of Dominic Raab doing karate

Watch the full video here:

Downing Street hits out at Philip Hammond

A Number 10 spokesman said Theresa May still has confidence in Philip Hammond despite reports he was ready to quit over her recent spending plans.

"We have seen significant announcements made by the PM with full Cabinet support in recent days," the spokesman said, but added: "It has been quite hard keeping up with anonymous quotes from friends of the Chancellor in recent days." 

Man who threw milkshake at Nigel Farage pleads guilty

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake  Credit: SCOTT HEPPELL 

The man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage has pleaded guilty to the attack at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Crowther, 32, threw the drink over Mr Farage as he campaigned in Newcastle last month. The milkshake landed on Mr Farage’s face and suit, also causing damage to a remote microphone he was wearing at the time.

Mr Crowther pleaded guilty to charges of assault by beating and criminal damage to property at his first hearing  and will be sentenced later today.

Chris Atkinson from the CPS said: “In an open democracy, people should be free to conduct legitimate political campaigns without fear of physical assault.

“While members of the public have the democratic right to engage in peaceful protest, it is wholly appropriate to bring charges in any case where such protests cross the line into criminal behaviour.

“In this case, the significant volume of video material has enabled the CPS to build a very robust case against Paul Crowther and we would hope that this acts as a deterrent to others considering any criminal form of political protest.”

Majority of Tory members would rather see party destroyed than for Brexit not to happen

The Telegraph's Patrick Scott writes:

Those leadership candidates who make it through today's second round would do well to take a look at some new polling of Conservative members that shows just how important Brexit is in this contest.

The figures, from YouGov, show that a majority of members (54 per cent) would rather see their party destroyed than for Brexit not to happen. Faced with the prospect of no Brexit, they'd also prefer Scotland and Northern Ireland to leave the UK and the economy to take significant damage.

The only thing that would be worse than Brexit being called off, according to the members, would be Jeremy Corbyn in Government.

Rory Stewart supporters trying to bring over Sajid Javid backers

Nick King, who is on Mr Javid's leadership campaign, writes:

David Gauke urges colleagues to back Stewart

The Justice Secretary has once again thrown his weight behind Rory Stewart. Staunch critic of Boris Johnson, he tweeted: 

Here's the first picture inside the studio for tonight's TV debate

BBC debate studio

 The BBC has set out five chairs - assuming just one candidate drops out today. Emily Maitlis will moderate it at 8pm on BBC One.

Speculation mounts over Jeremy Hunt's numbers

One theory is Boris Johnson's campaign will "lend" some MP backers to Jeremy Hunt as a way of ensuring he is in the final two - and a less unpredictable rival than Rory Stewart.

Stephen Barclay writes to Michel Barnier demanding protection of citizens’ rights

The Telegraph's Brussels Correspondent James Crisp writes:

The British government has asked the European Commission to consider ring-fencing citizens’ rights so they are protected if there is a no deal Brexit.

Stephen Barclay, the Brexit Secretary,  has written to Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, twice on the issue.

His latest letter, which asked Brussels to work on how such ring-fencing could work without breaching the EU red line of not renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement, was sent yesterday.

Mr Barnier had earlier responded that the focus should be on delivering the Withdrawal Agreement, which has guarantees of the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and British nationals in the EU.

Mr Barnier had raised concerns that carving out the citizens rights parts of the Brexit treaty would be difficult because they cut across different areas of the agreement, such as data protection and the Irish border issue.

Mr Barclay, who is in Luxembourg today, said ring-fencing could be done on a different legal basis, which campaign groups believe would be the best possible protection for pensions and healthcare.

The letters were written after Westminster backed a proposal put forward by Alberto Costa MP to ring fence EU citizens’ rights no matter the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

Mr Costa, who quit government to fight on the issue of citizens’ rights, said Mr Barclay’s letters showed the government was finally beginning to take the issue seriously.

The British government has already said it will act unilaterally to protect the rights of EU citizens living in Britain, if there is a no deal Brexit.

Rory Stewart best performer in TV debate - viewer poll

If he manages to get through the second MP voting round today, Rory Stewart should feel confident about tonight's debate.

A poll of viewers has him as the best performing candidate of the five rivals who took part (Boris Johnson was a no-show).

Philip Hammond said he is prepared to resign over Theresa May spending pledges

Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond has said he is prepared to resign over Theresa May's plans to spend billions of pounds on projects to shore up her legacy.

Tensions between Treasury and Number 10 officials have reached boiling point over the Prime Minister's spending intentions, according to the Press Association.

Mr Hammond is understood to be so against the plans that he said he was prepared to quit the Government in what would be an extraordinary move just weeks before the PM leaves office.

Mrs May is attempting to ram through a £27 billion cash boost for the education budget in her final weeks in No 10, prompting a major row with senior ministers who believe it is an attempt to bind her successor’s hands.

The Chancellor is understood to have expressed concern the plans could tie the hands of her successor.

"Everyone knows this Government is coming to an end and ministers are desperately trying to shore up their legacy by splashing the cash," a source told the Press Association.

"Not only is it immoral to take away the choices of the next PM, it's irresponsible - especially as no-deal looms.

"There are times it's reached boiling point with the Chancellor prepared to just walk away."

Stanley Johnson: We don't want Eton v Eton 'warfare'

Boris Johnson's father has said the Tory party must avoid "Eton vs Eton" warfare by placing Rory Stewart in the final round with Boris Johnson.

"We certainly don't want to see Eton versus Eton," Stanley Johnson told Sky News.

It comes as one MP told the Telegraph: "I'm a proud member of the old Etonian trade union but even I think that would be difficult.

"The Today programme [would say] in the morning: 'We know our next Prime Minister will be twentieth Etonian Prime Minister. There will be questions on Questions Time like 'Do we think it's right that we have so many people from Eton?'

"I think it would be a problem. We've only just recovered from Dave."

EU ministers warn Britain (again) as Barclay arrives in Luxembourg

The Telegraph's Brussels Correspondent James Crisp writes:

EU Europe ministers have repeated Brussels’ warning that the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, which includes the Irish border backstop, will not be renegotiated.

Boris Johnson, the favourite to succeed Theresa May, and most of the other Tory leadership candidates have promised to try and redraw the terms of the treaty.

But Michael Roth, Germany’s Europe minister, said: "I don’t see any chances to renegotiate the package.

“The Withdrawal Agreement is the Withdrawal Agreement and I don’t see any appetite to start new negotiations within the EU. I don’t want to speculate but the message of the EU is crystal clear on this issue."

Hans Dahlgren, of Sweden, said: “Our position is clear, this Withdrawal Agreement is the firm agreement that we stick to.

"The Withdrawal Agreement includes the backstop and this is something that we hope will never have to be used but in the eventuality that arrangements cannot be done before this is what’s included and that’s where we stand."

Mr Dahlgren said that the political declaration, a separate document setting out the broad terms for future UK-EU trade negotiations could be renegotiated.

“When it comes to the future, the Political Declaration, we can always accommodate and have a discussion but on the terms of the withdrawal that’s where we stand,” he said as ministers arrived in Luxembourg to prepare for Thursday’s EU summit.

Brexit is set to be relegated to a footnote at that Brussels summit, which will focus on the appointment of the EU’s top jobs for the next five years.

Stephen Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, attended the meeting in Luxembourg, which discussed issues such as climate change and the possible enlargement of the EU to include some Western Balkans countries.

Mr Barclay was asked what he would tell his European counterparts about the state of Brexit in Britain

“We are looking at the future here, the shared challenges and we want to have a  good relationship, we share the same values,” he said.

“We are not leaving Europe - we are leaving the institutions. So we are looking forward to working with European colleagues but  we will do so with a different status.”

Javid accuses Stewart of 'telling us we should remain in EU'

The Home Secretary accused rival Rory Stewart of "effectively telling us that we should remain in the EU".

He told Today: "I think he's effectively telling us that we should remain in the EU and there is a small constituency amongst my colleagues that would rather remain than leave, and I think that is part of the challenge that we have to deal with.

"And so I think up to a point Rory can attract that support but it's not going to get us any further."

Mr Stewart then tweeted to say he was "sure Sajid didn't mean that".

Rory Stewart quizzed on MI6 links

Asked on Radio 4 whether he worked for MI6, Mr Stewart said: “I served my country, and if somebody asked me if I was a say I would say no” – but added the law would prevent him from admitting he was a spy.

A Whitehall security source told The Telegraph that Mr Stewart had been recruited by MI6 after he left Oxford University and spent seven years as a spy before entering Parliament.

But this morning Mr Stewart was focused more on whether this photo looked like a still from the Sopranos:

Sajid Javid: My oratory more Homer Simpson than Homer's Iliad

Listen to the leadership candidate on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning: 

Fraser Nelson: Boris could get more than 150 votes

The editor of the Spectator says: "Boris could get  more than 150 votes today and word is he’s lending at least 15 MPs to Jeremy Hunt who he regards as a safe, low-energy opponent."

Andrea Leadsom: Rory Stewart appeals to a 'broad range'

The Brexiteer said it is "too early to say" who will be in the final two with Boris Johnson.

Andrea Leadsom: Boris Johnson has given 'personal assurances' he will have a diverse Cabinet

Andrea Leadsom says Boris Johnson has given her "personal assurances" he wants to have a "diverse Cabinet".

She was asked by LBC Radio about having more women in politics.

Andrea Leadsom: Boris Johnson 'not shying' from scrutiny

Andrea Leadsom has backed Boris Johnson for Prime Minister, describing him as an "election winner".

Asked why Boris Johnson has not made many press or public appearances Andrea Leadsom said: "I think people know Boris very well.

"He is certainly not shying away from being scrutinised but he is picking his opportunities," she told LBC.

Ms Leadsom has announced she is backing Mr Johnson's campaign, having withdrawn from thee race last week.

Sajid Javid: Rory Stewart taking up MP endorsements

Sajid Javid said Rory Stewart is "taking some support from all candidates".

Leadership rivals prepare for second round of voting

The leadership race will narrow today as up to three leadership candidates could drop out as Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart wait to see who will be left to take part in TV debate tonight.

All eyes will be on Mr Stewart, who has continued to gain momentum among the public and MPs, but has the biggest hurdle to clear, having got 19 votes in the first round.

“I know I am the outsider in the race,” Mr Stewart told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

The votes will take place between 3pm and 5pm and results will be announced at 6pm.

The remaining candidates will then rush over to the BBC to take part in tonight's debate. Boris Johnson has confirmed he will take part.