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Sajid Javid eliminated from Tory leadership race as Johnson tops poll

Home Secretary Sajid Javid (Rick Findler/PA)
Home Secretary Sajid Javid (Rick Findler/PA)

Sajid Javid has been eliminated from the Tory leadership race as Boris Johnson again topped the poll.

The Home Secretary garnered 34 votes, 25 votes behind his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt.

Michael Gove came in second with 62 votes, followed by Mr Johnson with 157.

Boris Johnson tweeted: "Delighted to have the support of over half of all Conservative MPs in the fourth ballot. I am incredibly grateful, but we have much more work to do."

The front-runner appears almost certain to make it on to the final ballot, which will go to Tory members who decide the next occupant of Number 10.

In a statement, Sajid Javid said he was "truly humbled" by the support he received and it was a "great privilege to promote his vision for the country".

"I will continue to focus on my responsibilities in the Home Office, and reflect on whether to offer my support to another candidate. There are very challenging times ahead for our party, our government, and our country," he said.

"The Conservatives must continue to be a broad church if we are to deliver Brexit, bring change while in government, and beat Corbyn in the next election.

"The three remaining candidates have earned their places in the final round. I wish them well in the weeks ahead and - whoever becomes Prime Minister - I urge my colleagues to get behind them as a team. If I can contribute to these efforts and serve my country in any way I will certainly do so.

"If my ambition and conduct in this contest has set an example for anyone, then it has been more than worth it."

Another round of voting will be held this afternoon, when the three remaining candidates will be whittled down to two.

Following a series of hustings events over the next month, a new Tory leader will be announced on July 22.

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