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Boris Johnson on Monday. The frontrunner already has enough support among MPs to ensure his is one of the two names to go before the party membership in the final ballot. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Ahead of Tuesday’s second round of voting by MPs in the Conservative leadership contest, five of the six remaining candidates faced a grilling from We(...)

Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart take part in a live television debate on Channel 4 for the Tory leadership candidates,  in Stratford, east London. Photograph: Tim Anderson/Channel 4/PA Wire

It was Hamlet without the prince, or a play within the play of a Conservative leadership contest that may be over before it’s begun. Five candidates s(...)

From left:  Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid during the live television debate on Channel 4 for the candidates for leadership of the Conservative party. Photograph: PA

Five contenders to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister have clashed over Brexit as they jostle to face Boris Johnson in the (...)

Boris Johnson is the clear favourite to win the parliamentary stage of the Conservative leadership election but his victory among the party’s membership is not a foregone conclusion. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Outside Committee Room 14 after the first round of voting by Conservative MPs on Thursday, Boris Johnson’s team were candidly exultant. Within minutes(...)

 Boris Johnson leaving his London home on Thursday. He is  almost certain to be one of two candidates who will go before the party membership of  160,000. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

Boris Johnson is on course to become Britain’s next prime minister after winning a resounding victory in the first round of voting by MPs in the Conse(...)

Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson leaves his home in central London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

There was a sharp intake of breath in Committee Room 14 when Cheryl Gillan announced that Boris Johnson had won 114 votes in the first round of the Co(...)

Boris Johnson during the launch of his campaign to become  Conservative leader  and  prime minister at the Royal Academy of Engineering in central London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Conservative MPs vote on Thursday in the first round of a leadership contest, with former foreign secretary and London mayor Boris Johnson the clear f(...)

Boris Johnson during the London launch of his campaign to become leader of the Conservative  and prime minister. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson emerged undamaged from his deliberately dull campaign launch on Wednesday, taking just six questions from reporters and dodging the diff(...)

Boris Johnson during the launch at Westminster of his campaign to become leader of the Conservatives and  prime minister. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

MPs have rejected a Labour motion aimed at preventing the next prime minister from taking Britain out of the EU without a deal against the will of par(...)

Andrea Leadsom launching her campaign in London to become Conservative party leader  and prime minister. Photograph:   Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour has tabled a cross-party motion to prevent a new Conservative prime minister from leaving the EU without a deal against the will of parliament.(...)

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