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Britain’s international development secretary Rory Stewart leaving Downing Street on Tuesday. He denied ever having worked for the MI6 intelligence agency. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Rory Stewart has been rounded on by his fellow Conservative leadership candidates as they fear he has the momentum to take on Boris Johnson, while his(...)

Boris Johnson: Said he would not attend the hustings with political journalists on Monday because he is “too busy” preparing for a BBC leadership debate on Tuesday. Photograph:  Hannah Mckay/Reuters

Boris Johnson’s bid to become the new leader of the Conservative party and Britain’s next prime minister received another major boost on Sunday night (...)

British health secretary Matt Hancock, who has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership race. Photograph: Matt Hancock/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has called for the withdrawal agreement to be “disaggregated” so that parts of it can be implemented but the Northern Ireland backstop w(...)

Theresa May, still prime minister of the UK, steps into the glare of London Tech Week. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP

Image of the week: The Great Exhale No, this is not quite the end of mad pictures of Theresa May, though it might genuinely be the beginning of the e(...)

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(...)

File photos of (left to right, top row) Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt, Rory Stewart, Sajid Javid, (bottom row) Esther McVey, Matt Hancock, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove and Mark Harper. (indicated with crosses on face) Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom and Mark Harper have failed to make it through to the second ballot . Photograph: PA/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has topped the ballot in the first round of voting in the Tory leadership race, with Mark Harper, Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom elimin(...)

A combination of file pictures  shows the 10 declared contenders in the Conservative Party leadership contest. Top row:  Boris Johson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid. Bottom row:  Matt Hancock, Mark Harper, Esther McVey, Rory Stewart,  Andrea Leadsom.  Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty Images

Next door in Britain there’s a fevered contest under way for leadership of the Tory Party and thus Britain. The right-wing Tory Party once presented i(...)

Michael Gove, British environment secretary, delivers a speech at the launch of his Tory leadership campaign  in London. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Launching his leadership campaign in a lounge near the top of Millbank Tower on Monday, Michael Gove demonstrated his strengths as a Conservative lead(...)

Amber Rudd, British work and pensions secretary, attends the Conservative party leadership campaign launch for Jeremy Hunt, in London, Britain. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed that European Union leaders now accept that the current Northern Ireland backstop cannot get throu(...)

Boris Johnson: promises to shed the ‘intellectual prison’ of the backstop. Photograph: Andrew Yates/File Photo/Reuters

Boris Johnson’s promise to withhold part of Britain’s £39 billion EU divorce bill and to defer the issue of the Border was enough to persuade hardline(...)

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