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Dominic Raab out in latest round of Tory leadership contest

DOMINIC RAAB failed to make the cut in the Conservative leadership contest today.

Tory MPs voted a second time on who they wanted to see as their next party leader and prime minister to replace Theresa May.

Former Brexit secretary Mr Raab was short of the minimum of 33 votes by three. Home Secretary Sajid Javid scraped through with 33.

Boris Johnson received 126 votes, foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt 46, environment secretary Michael Gove 41, and international development secretary Rory Stewart 37.

After the results were announced the remaining five candidates took part in a BBC One debate. Mr Johnson has been criticised for failing to attend a Channel 4 debate on Sunday night and refusing to take part in a lobby journalists’ hustings the day after.

Over the next few weeks MPs will choose their last two candidates before Tory members make the final decision.

A new YouGov survey suggests that the majority of members care more about delivering Brexit than preserving the UK. 46 per cent of them would be happy to have Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage as their leader.

It also found that a majority would still back Brexit even if it led to the destruction of the Conservative Party.

A majority indicated they would support Brexit if it meant breaking up the UK by prompting a Scottish breakaway or Irish reunification – with only the threat of a Corbyn government spooking them more than Remain.

Only 39 per cent said they would want Brexit to take place if it meant Mr Corbyn entering 10 Downing Street. 51 per cent said they would rather the UK did not leave the EU in order to avoid that happening.

Meanwhile government sources suggested that Chancellor Philip Hammond was so frustrated by Ms May’s plans to save her reputation by spending £27 billion on education over three years that  he considered resigning.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Mr Hammond should have resigned over the impact of his austerity policies.

He said that Mr Hammond’s thoughts of quitting over education spending is “another example of how far the Tories are cut off from the real world.”


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