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Tory leadership latest: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are confirmed as the final two

Boris Johnson will go head to head with Jeremy Hunt in the race for Number 10 after exacting revenge on his arch-rival Michael Gove by ending his leadership dream.

Mr Gove’s supporters accused the Johnson camp of “lending” votes to Mr Hunt after the Environment Secretary was beaten into third place in the final ballot of MPs, despite coming second earlier in the day.

Mr Gove’s team smelled a rat when it emerged that five MPs had publicly declared they were switching their allegiance from the defeated Sajid Javid to Mr Johnson, yet Mr Johnson only put on three extra votes in the final ballot.

The two “missing” votes promised to Mr Johnson were enough to condemn Mr Gove to defeat, as he lost to Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt by exactly that margin.

One loyal supporter of Mr Johnson said Mr Gove “had it coming”, while the Environment Secretary was said by friends to be “totally gutted”.

Mr Gove’s allies were pointing the finger at Gavin Williamson, the former defence secretary who was in charge of Mr Johnson’s whipping operation, who they accused of orchestrating tactical voting to ensure Mr Hunt went through. One said: “It’s not cricket, but it is politics.”

Mr Hunt is regarded by Mr Johnson’s team as the easier opponent, and a disconsolate backer of Mr Gove said it was “inevitable” Mr Johnson will be the next prime minister, and that Mr Hunt will spend the coming weeks “going through the motions”.

Mr Gove’s defeat came three years after he was accused of stabbing Mr Johnson in the back by reneging on an agreement to manage his leadership campaign and deciding instead to run against him.

Mr Johnson received 160 votes in the final ballot, meaning more than half of all Tory MPs backed him, while Mr Hunt received 77 votes and Mr Gove 75 votes, with one spoiled ballot.

The loss was all the more bitter for Mr Gove after he overtook Mr Hunt in the penultimate round of voting on Thursday morning, scoring 61 votes to Mr Hunt’s 59.

Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, who backed Mr Hunt, admitted: “There is more churn here than the average washing machine.” Asked if the tactical voting was deliberate, he grinned and said: “I’m sure it’s not organised - perish the thought!”

A member of Mr Gove’s team said: “Clearly there was a lot of tactical voting. We expected Boris to get about half of Sajid Javid’s 34 votes but he only put on three extra votes between the ballots. That tells its own story. It’s a secret ballot and people lie.

“It’s inevitable that Boris will win now. For the next few weeks Hunt will just be going through the motions.”

The five MPs who said they were switching from Mr Javid to Mr Johnson were Chris Philp, Kevin Foster, Chris Skidmore, Mike Wood and Mims Davies, though other backers of Mr Johnson suggested it was more likely that undeclared supporters of the former London Mayor were more likely to be the ones who secretly backed Mr Hunt.

One prominent Johnson backer said: “Gove’s conduct was appalling back in 2016 and there is a strong feeling that he had it coming.

“There was a bit of tactical voting going on, of course there was, but it wasn’t co-ordinated by Boris’s team, it was MPs making their own decisions.

“The instruction to all the supporters was don’t be tempted to vote tactically, but some people thought it was a good idea and that swung it at the end of the day.”

Suspicion was also cast on the large number of proxy votes cast. A total of 90 MPs voted by proxy, telling colleagues who they wanted to vote for and then trusting them to cast their vote for them.

One MP backing Mr Hunt admitted: “If someone was a voter for Saj and then had specified  a second preference, who knows what mood the proxy voter for them is in? They could just vote for anyone. Phones aren't allowed in the room so you can’t prove anything.”

One supporter of Mr Johnson said he was sure proxy votes had been used to rig the result.

The MP said: "It's clear that some of Boris's votes were lent to Jeremy Hunt and I think they have done it with the proxy votes all the way through. The MPs who voted for Jeremy will never know because they weren't there and their proxy switched the vote without telling them.

"But as far as Michael Gove is concerned, there is an old saying that if you live by the sword you die by the sword, or in his case the knife."

Mr Johnson said he was “deeply honoured” to have received more than half the parliamentary vote.

He will now face Mr Hunt in Birmingham on Saturday in the first of 16 regional hustings events for Conservative Party members, who will pick a winner in a month’s time.

Mr Hunt insisted he could win, saying: “I’m the underdog - but in politics surprises happen, as they did today.”

Mr Gove was the Conservative Party members’ choice to take on Boris Johnson ahead of the final day of voting, a poll showed.

The Environment Secretary was the choice of 15 per cent of grassroots Tories, with Jeremy Hunt polling 11 per cent, according to a poll by the Conservative Home website.

Boris Johnson was the preferred choice of almost 62 per cent of members, with Sajid Javid in fourth place on 10 per cent.

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20,000 Tory members apply for hustings places

The Conservatives said there had been 20,000 applications for places at the 16 membership hustings around the country.

Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis said: "I'd like to congratulate Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson on reaching the final stage of the leadership contest.

"I'm delighted with the strong interest in our hustings to date, showing the vitality of our party in every nation and region of the UK.

"We are conscious that the Conservatives are not just selecting a new leader but also the next prime minister, and we take that responsibility extremely seriously at such an important time for our nation."

Hunt says he will give Boris "the fight of his life"

In a video posted on social media, the Foreign Secretary said: "The campaign starts now, I've got a fantastic team behind me. We are going to give Boris the fight of his life.

"He needs to be ready for that, because we're going to be going out there and making strong arguments that this is the best way to deliver Brexit, with someone who can go and get a better deal from the European Union, and also has so much else to offer our country.

"The entrepreneur who wants to fire up our economy, turbo-charge it and create those jobs that we all need for the future, the Foreign Secretary who wants us to walk tall in the world, the campaigner who wants our party to appeal to young people, and the social reformer who wants to abolish illiteracy.

"All these exciting messages, I'm raring to go!"

 

IDS: Boris is the man for the job

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said Boris Johnson was the man to "inspire and lead" the UK out of the EU and called on Remainer MPs to "stop bellyaching and moaning".

Mr Duncan Smith also claimed Mr Johnson had been misinterpreted in the BBC debate when he did not commit to Brexit by the end of October in all circumstances.

He said: "When Boris said it was eminently achievable he was talking about a trade agreement.

"He said at the beginning of the programme if we don't leave on October 31 we will face a cataclysm."

Echoing his comments, ERG vice chairman  ERG vice chairman Mark Francois said he was delighted with the result.

"It means a clean fight," he said. "If it had been Michael it would have been a lot more kinetic."

Mr Francois said there was a "real difference in principle" between Mr Hunt, who he labelled a Remainer, and Mr Johnson.

He added he expected Mr Johnson to win and the UK to leave the EU by October 31, adding: "What's not to like?"

Gove's cocaine admission stalled campaign

Michael Gove's campaign manager Mel Stride said  his cocaine admission had damaged his leadership bid, telling reporters it had "stalled momentum".

Asked if Mr Johnson's campaign had engineered the result by lending votes, he added: "It doesn't seem to me on first observation of this that there has been.

"Because we didn't see a situation where, as some had speculated, a very large number of votes might have transferred from say Boris Johnson to Jeremy Hunt.

"It would appear to me everybody has behaved pretty much as one would hope they would."

Ruth apologises for kiss of death 

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, has apologised to Michael Gove for giving him the "kiss of death". 

She had previously backed Sajid Javid, but switched to Mr Gove after the Home Secretary was eliminated earlier today.

 

First TV debate confirmed

ITV have announced the first head-to-head televised debate between the leadership candidates.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the broadcaster said: "ITV is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the first head-to-head debate between the two candidates hoping to be Prime Minister.

"The debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will take place on 9 July and will be hosted by Julie Etchingham."

 

Javid: Conservative Party needs Gove more than ever

 Sajid Javid has said his party will need Michael Gove "more than ever to face the challenges ahead" after the Environment Secretary was knocked out of the Tory leadership contest in the fifth round of voting.

Mr Javid tweeted: "I pay tribute to my friend Michael Gove for his brilliant campaign. He is a powerful advocate for Conservative values and has been an incredible reformer in government. We will need him more than ever to face the challenges ahead."

Commenting on the result, Mr Gove said:  "Naturally disappointed but so proud of the campaign  we ran. Huge thanks to my brilliant campaign team. It's been an honour to be  able to set out a vision for the future of our great country. Many  congratulations to Boris and Jeremy!" 

Boris allies breathe sigh of relief

Michael Fallon, who supported Boris Johnson, said of the result: "This is good news for the party. It will be a debate about policy without the psychodrama of three years ago.

"Boris got over half the party. That is a very good place to start the campaign in the country."

Hunt and Johnson make the final two 

Results confirmed: 

Michael Gove: 75

Jeremy Hunt: 77

Boris Johnson: 160

Lidington calls for final two to move beyond Brexit

On his way out from voting in the final round of hustings, de facto deputy prime minister David Lidington urged the final two candidates to look beyond Brexit in the membership hustings.

"The members deserve a proper debate," he told reporters. "The Tory party is facing some existential challenges.

"It is important the candidates show they are up to addressing them. I hope we get a vigorous debate. I don't think people should pull punches."

Liam Fox: Final two should not be a battle between former journalists

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, who is backing Jeremy Hunt, said he hoped Michael Gove would not get through to the final two.

"I think it would a very odd dynamic to have two ex journalists fighting for the premiership of the country," he told reporters.

"I'm sure it would do employment prospects a great deal for all of you but I think it's our job to provide good governance not entertain the media."

Dr Fox added that he was disappointed that two MPs had spoiled their ballots in the last round, asking how any MP could tell "80,000 people in their constituency to go and vote and then spoil a ballot".

Asked if the "dark arts" were being used to mobilise votes he replied "perish the thought".

 

Hunt on to identify MPs who spoiled their ballots

The hunt is on for the two Tory MPs branded "numpties" for spoiling their ballot papers in the vote to elect the next prime minister.

For the first time in the contest to find a new Tory leader, members of the exclusive "selectorate" given the chance of deciding who should be in the run-off to become Theresa May's successor returned ineligible ballot papers.

With just two votes out of 313 separating second placed Michael Gove and challenger Jeremy Hunt in the fourth ballot, the spoiled papers could have had an impact on which opponent of front-runner Boris Johnson was seen to have the most momentum.

Former leadership contender Rory Stewart denied being one of the two MPs who decided that none of the candidates were worth voting for.

"I have now voted twice for colleagues in the race," he said after the fifth ballot. "I didn't abstain."

Johnson supporter Mark Francois said it was up in the air which Cabinet minister would fight the ex-foreign secretary in the run-off to be decided by party members, stating: "The other thing that every MP wants to know is who were the two numpties who spoilt their ballot papers?

"I can't believe anybody did that by accident.

"I know people have criticisms about the limitations of members of Parliament, but most of them are capable of putting an X in a small box."

A slot has been pencilled for another round

In the case of a tie between Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove, a fifth vote has been pencilled tonight.

90 MPs have voted by proxy today

The Telegraph's Christopher Hope writes:

An extraordinary 90 Conservative MPs - nearly one in three of the 313 MPs who are eligible- have asked a trusted colleague to vote for them in today's tory leadership contest using Proxy votes.

This is because it is a one line whip today and many Conservative MPs are not around in the House of Commons. Proxy votes are an agreement by one MP to cast a vote for another in the ballot room. All nominated proxies have to be declared to 1922 officer Bob Blackman in advance. 

Tory MP says he has 'voter fatigue'

 Richard Benyon the Tory MP tweeted as he prepared to vote in the final leadership round:

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson vote in final leadership ballot

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson have both voted in the final leadership ballot. 

Theresa May arrives in Brussels

Arriving in Brussels for the EU summit Theresa May said: "Of course we will be looking as we leave the EU to maintain a close and deep partnership with the EU in the future. 

"First of all, there is a leadership election taking place. Obviously there are further votes taking place this afternoon and then the question of the leadership of the Conservative party will go to the members of the Conservative party across the country.

"As regards the meeting here we will be looking for the UK to do what we have always said we would do which is to make a constructive contribution as we remain a member of the EU for that period of time. We will continue to meet our rights and obligations but of course we will be leaving the EU and we look forward to developing a close partnership with the EU when we've left. 

"I will continue to do what we have always done as the UK, which is to play a constructive role within the EU while we're part of the discussions around the table."

Rory Stewart says he did not spoil his ballot paper

Two ballot papers were spoiled in this afternoon's round of votes. There has been speculation Rory Stewart was behind one of them after he declined to publicly back any of his former rivals. However he says he did not spoil his ballot paper.

Theresa May and three former Prime Ministers pay tribute at Jeremy Heywood's memorial service

Lobby Chairman Christopher Hope attended Jeremy Heywood's memorial service at Westminster Abbey. He writes:

MPs prepare to vote in the final ballot

Here are the dates of the 16 Tory membership hustings, in case you were wondering

With thanks to Harry Yorke.

The first of sixteen membership hustings will begin in Birmingham on Saturday, with the final two candidates taking part in a head-to-head debate in front of Tory activists.

The remaining hustings are as follows:

West Midlands, June 22;

South, June 27;

South West, June 28;

Lakes and Borders, June 29 (afternoon),

North West, June 29 (evening);

Northern Ireland, TBC;

Yorkshire and Humber, July 4 (evening);

North East, July 5 (morning);

Scotland, July 5 (evening);

East Midlands, July 6 (morning);

Wales, July 6 (evening);

South East, July 11 (evening);

Gloucestershire, July 12 (evening);

East Anglia, July 13 (morning);

Eastern, July 13 (afternoon);

London, July 17 (evening).

When will the Queen fly back to London to appoint the new Prime Minister?

Christopher Hope writes with news of a constitutional wrinkle around the appointment of the new PM

Mystery still surrounds the date that the Tories will announce a new Prime Minister - because of the Queen.

The Queen is due to head to Balmoral in early July after a week in Edinburgh.

The party has so far only said that the announcement will be made in the week starting July 22.

This is because the Queen has to both accept Theresa May's resignation and appoint a new Prime Minister.

This has to be done in person, and most likely in London to avoid having to fly Mrs May and the new PM to Scotland.

And politicians do not want to give an exact date to avoid being seen to order the Queen back to London. So for now a state of fudge exists.

Tory MPs who spoiled ballot papers are 'numpties', says Boris Johnson supporter

The hunt is on for the two Tory MPs branded "numpties" for spoiling their ballot papers in the vote to elect the next prime minister.

For the first time in the contest to find a new Tory leader, members of the exclusive "selectorate" given the chance of deciding who should be in the run-off to become Theresa May's successor returned ineligible ballot papers.

With just two votes out of 313 separating second placed Michael Gove and challenger Jeremy Hunt, the spoiled papers could have had an impact on which opponent of front-runner Boris Johnson was seen to have the most momentum.

Johnson supporter Mark Francois said it was up in the air which Cabinet minister would fight the ex-foreign secretary in the run-off to be decided by party members, stating: "The other thing that every MP wants to know is who were the two numpties who spoilt their ballot papers?

"I can't believe anybody did that by accident.

"I know people have criticisms about the limitations of members of Parliament, but most of them are capable of putting an X in a small box.

"There was a gasp when it was read out that there were two spoilt ballot papers.

"So, we are now all trying to work out who that was.

"We might have a sweepstake among the parliamentary party about who it was who spoilt the ballot papers.

"And, hopefully some day, years from now when somebody writes their memoirs they will go 'oh, by the way, it was me'."

Michael Gove tells Javid supporters he is 'fallback' to guarantee Brexit if Boris 'implodes'

Good intelligence from Camilla Tominey, the Telegraph's Associate Editor

Michael Gove is apparently to vote for him as the "fall back" option in case Boris Johnson "implodes" during the rounds of 16 membership hustings.

A former supporter of Sajid Javid tells her: "Gove is  going around the tearooms telling people vote for him rather than Hunt because if Boris implodes again they would need a solid Brexiteer fallback."

Jeremy Hunt appeals to Sajid Javid supporters: 'I will put Boris through his paces'

Jeremy Hunt has made a direct appeal to MPs who backed Sajid Javid ahead of the final round of voting in the Conservative leadership contest.

He says: "Critical decision now for all colleagues is what choice do we present to the country? And what future?

"Choose me for unity over division, and I will put Boris through his paces and then bring our party and country back together."

Sajid Javid: 'Seize every opportunity that this wonderful country offers you'

Sajid Javid has issued a moving statement after being knocked out in the fourth leadership round.

He addresses "kids who look at and feel a bit different to their classmates, those who don't have many toys or private tutors, those who feel like outsiders and wonder whether 'opportunity' is just for other people.

"Work hard, have faith in your abilities, and don't let anyone try and cut you down to size or say you aren't a big enough figure to aim high.

"You have as much right as anyone to a seat at the top table, to be ambitious for yourself, and to make your voice heard.

"So seize every opportunity that this wonderful country presents to you with both hands. Your - and our best - days lie ahead." 

Phillip Lee says he was not one of the MPs who spoilt their ballot paper

Tory MP Philip Lee has denied that he was one of two MPs who spoilt their ballot papers in the leadership contest.

Ruth Davidson switches from Sajid Javid to Michael Gove

Ruth Davidson has switched her support from Sajid Javid to Michael Gove, as she continues to store up potential problems for her if the favourite Boris Johnson wins.

Ms Davidson said: "I stuck with Saj right the way through the contest despite very flattering phone calls from all the runners and riders trying to prise me away at various points.

"I'm very sad he's gone out today. In terms of the people who are left, I hope very much to see Michael in the final two and he'll have my support."

MP on prospect of Johnson-Gove final two: we have seen this 'personal psychodrama before'

A Jeremy Hunt ally tells the Telegraph's Gordon Rayner:

"Sajid Javid ran an excellent campaign that has demonstrated the depth and strength of the Conservative Party.

"Jeremy is the best candidate to take on Boris Johnson in the final two and give the Party a real choice.

"Boris and Michael are great candidates but we have seen their personal psychodrama before: it’s time to offer the country someone the EU will actually talk to.

"Jeremy is the candidate who can best unify the Party and deliver Brexit."

Results of all four leadership ballots so far

Sajid Javid drops out of the race

MPs in the room for leadership ballot results

Sir Roger Gale defends Jeremy Hunt's breach of anti-money laundering laws

Sir Roger Gale has defended Jeremy Hunt's breach of anti-money laundering laws over the purchase of seven luxury flats.

Last year the Telegraph revealed Mr Hunt breached the Companies Act on two counts - offences punishable by a fine or up to two years in prison. Mr Hunt also broke the MPs' Code of Conduct over the sale, which led to him being investigated and sanctioned by the Parliamentary standards commissioner.

Asked about the breach on BBC Radio 5 Live Sir Roger, who backs Mr Hunt, said: "The moment somebody pointed out to him that technically he'd done something wrong, he put his hand up and said, you're absolutely right, I'll put it right, and apologised."

Sir Roger added: "It wasn't a serious offence."

Asked why Mr Hunt made this error while remembering to claim a 27p expense on another occasion, Sir Roger then attacked Boris Johnson's record in government.

"I don't think this is on a scale of the sort of mistake that's left Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe languishing in Iranian jail when she should not be there [..] because a Foreign Secretary of the day forgot to read his brief properly," Sir Roger said.

The three leadership rounds so far = results

Fourth leadership ballot closes

Results will be out at 1pm - Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid will find out who will be eliminated before the final round this afternoon.

Minister who backed Stewart switches to Hunt

Digital minister Margot James, who previously backed Rory Stewart, says she has voted for Jeremy Hunt.

Asked if she could stay in a Conservative Party led by Boris Johnson, Ms James replies: "I'm not going to comment further. I'm sorry. I've said who I voted for, and that's it."

MPs vote by proxy

90 MPs have reportedly voted by proxy in the fourth round of the leadership ballot.

Boris Johnson says he doesn't know anything about 'dark arts'

Asked if he knows anything about "dark arts" when he arrives to vote, Boris Johnson tells reporters: "No."

Rory Stewart backer switches to Jeremy Hunt

Margot James, the digital minister who voted for Rory Stewart, has now backed Jeremy Hunt.

Mr Stewart's 27 supporters are key to determining who of the three challengers to Boris Johnson will face him in the final two.

Leadership candidates vote

Jeremy Hunt has voted in the fourth leadership ballot. He told reporters he felt "confident, but not over-confident".

Meanwhile Michael Gove said he is "looking forward to being in final two">

Asked if there was a "dirty tricks" campaign against him, Michael Gove said: "I know there is a campaign for me with wonderful, wonderful people."

Bob Stewart MP: I would trust Boris Johnson to lead platoon into battle

Bob Stewart, the ​Tory MP and former Army officer, has said he would trust Boris Johnson to "lead a platoon in battle".

Mr Stewart told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show: "Everyone’s got flaws and I reckon he’s the guy."

Despite this Mr Stewart said his mailbox is "full of emails telling me: 'Don't vote for Boris.'"

Boris Johnson: 'It's time we had some excitement'

Boris Johnson said it is "time we had some excitement" in politics adding: "there’s also quite a serious job of work to be done.”

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Mr Johnson said he has been "absolutely scrupulous in not making promises” to his supporters of jobs they could get in his Cabinet if he becomes Prime Minister.

Asked what he wants to have written on his tombstone Mr Johnson said: “I hope they will say, ‘There was somebody who helped to unite the country and unite society’. That’s what I want to do.”

Helicopters at the ready for final two leadership contenders

The final two in the leadership race will travel around the country to hustings with Tory members in helicopters, the BBC is reporting.

The Evening Standard back Boris Johnson for Prime Minister

George Osborne backs Boris Johnson in the Evening Standard editorial.

The former Chancellor says Mr Johnson is the candidate "who might just get Britain feeling good about itself again".

Iain Duncan Smith denies 'dirty tricks' in leadership campaign

Iain Duncan Smith, who backs Boris Johnson, told the Press  Association: "I have been here long enough to know that the only dirty tricks  is that MPs never tell you always the truth when it comes to leadership  elections. They are unorganisable." 

Nicky Morgan: Michael Gove the 'original Brexiteer'

Nicky Morgan says her preferred leadership candidate Michael Gove is an "original Brexiteer".

She told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show it is "important" to have two Brexiteers in the final ballot, and the environment secretary is "best placed" to hold frontrunner Boris Johnson to account.

No deal question withdrawn

An urgent question on no deal has been withdrawn. Sir Bill Cash will now not ask his question on payments to the EU in the event of no deal.

Team Sajid Javid turns out to vote

MPs are voting in the fourth round of the leadership contest

Results are expected at 1pm.

Meanwhile Nigel Evans of the 1922 committee was spotted sprinting through the Commons to get to the voting room in time:

Sajid Javid's daughter writes him a letter of support

Philip Hammond: second referendum could 'break the impasse' with Brexit

The Chancellor will today say a second referendum could be the way to "break the impasse" with Brexit.

Mr Hammond will use his annual Mansion House speech to warn Tory leadership contenders to "be honest with the public" and admit that Parliament is likely to reject both the Withdrawal Agreement and no deal.

He is expected to say: "If the new Prime Minister cannot end the deadlock in Parliament, then he will have to explore other democratic mechanisms to break the impasse."

Read the full article here.

David Davis attacks BBC over TV debate

The former Brexit Secretary has accused the BBC of becoming the "Boris Bashing Corporation" following this week's TV debate.

Jeremy Hunt: 'may the best man win, and that's going to be me'

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt said: "May the best man win, and that's going to be me" as he prepared for the final rounds of MP votes in the leadership race.

He said he is "feeling confident but not over confident"and praised Boris Johnson's "enormous talents".

The Foreign Secretary said: "It feels like a lot of big things are going to change today. The question for the Conservative Party and the country is looking at Boris Johnson is there a better alternative?

"I’m someone who set up their own business, I want to turbo charge the British economy, I’m the Foreign Secretary who is fed up with us being pitied around the world for Brexit paralysis. I want to sort that out and walk tall in the world. "

MPs prepare to narrow down leadership race to final two today

Dutch Prime Minister: UK will be 'diminished' by Brexit

Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, said the UK's stature will be "diminished" after Brexit.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I hate Brexit from every angle. I hate no deal from every angle".

"With Brexit, be it hard or not, the income of the UK economy, society, will be huge" Mr Rutte said, describing himself as a "certified Anglophile".

Asked if he wants a second referendum he said: "That's not up to me. I have stopped dreaming."

Tom Watson: next week will be 'history-making' for Labour

The deputy Labour leader said the party will consult before deciding next week whether to take a stronger pro-Remain Brexit position.

He said next week will be "history-making" as he called on Labour to adopt position to campaign to Remain in a second referendum or general election.

Andrea Jenkyns: 'Dirty tricks' could have come from Michael Gove camp

Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns, asked about tactical voting in the leadership ballots, said: "There's tricks going on - but Boris actually has got less to lose than those in second, third and fourth position.

"Why are we not looking at the others for the tricks that's being played?" she told ITV's Peston.

She pointed out Rory Stewart's count fell  by 10 votes yesterday, while Mr Gove gained 10 votes.

Robert Halfon: Tories must avoid final two looking like 'University Challenge'

The Tories must avoid final two looking like “round of University Challenge” and "posh school ties", Sajid Javid supporter Robert Halfon has said.

Rory Stewart: 'shenanigans' going on in leadership voting

Rory Stewart suggested there had been "shenanigans" in the leadership votes as he was eliminated from the contest after his tally fell from 37 to 27.

However he said he did not think this was down to "dirty tricks by Boris".

He told ITV's Peston: "I think what happened is that somehow some combination of my message and momentum convinced the other camps to tighten up, so I think most of my votes will have gone to Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and some to Sajid."

David Davis: Boris Johnson would 'relish' chance to take on Jeremy Corbyn

Writing in the Telegraph, David Davis sets out why he is backing Boris Johnson. The former Brexit Secretary says Mr Johnson would "relish" challenge of winning back voters and defeating Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Davis describes his meeting with Mr Johnson yesterday and his requirement that "The date of leaving on 31st October simply has to be fixed whether with a withdrawal agreement or without one.

"I made my concerns clear, and he gave me the absolute assurance I was looking for. Without equivocation. We will leave the EU on 31 October."

Read the full article here.