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by Louise Wilson
14 July 2022
Tory leadership race: Suella Braverman eliminated as Rishi Sunak secures 101 votes

Rishi Sunak at the launch of his campaign on Tuesday | PA Images

Tory leadership race: Suella Braverman eliminated as Rishi Sunak secures 101 votes

Suella Braverman is out of the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister following the second ballot of Tory MPs.

The attorney general lost votes from the previous round, coming in last with the support of just 27 colleagues.

Rishi Sunak once again topped the poll with 101 backers, closing in on the 120 needed to automatically qualify for the final run-off. His vote was up by 13.

Penny Mordaunt saw her vote increase by 16 to a total 83 votes, while Liz Truss secured 14 more votes than the previous round taking her to 64.

Kemi Badenoch grew her support to 49 votes, while Tom Tugendhat lost five votes, coming in second last with 32.

The third round of voting is not expected until Monday, with a series of televised hustings to take place over the weekend.

The final two candidates standing after MPs have voted will take part in a serious of events around the country as they try to win over members of the party.

The result will be announced on Monday 5 September, with Boris Johnson saying he will formally resign on 6 September to allow the next Prime Minister to form a government.

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