Conservative Leadership race: Voting ends in round one, results at 5
Conservative leadership race: The battle to secure votes

July 13, 2022

4:26 pm

Prime Ministers Questions 


Conservative leadership race: 2 eliminated in first round

Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi eliminated

Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi have both been eliminated in the first round – Hunt scored just 18 whilst Zahawi was backed by 25 – both short of the 30 minimum to get through to the next round.


  • There are currently eight candidates in the running to be the Tory leader and PM
  • Results are expected at 5 pm 
  • Kemi Badenoch, Suella Braverman, Jeremy Hunt, Penny Mordaunt, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Tom Tugendhat and Nadhim Zahawi are all in the running
  • The government will table a confidence vote in itself – due next week – after blocking a Labour bid
  • Watch the result announcement live by clicking the ‘play’ button at the top of this page


Here’s a quick reminder of who’s still in the race: 

  • Kemi Badenoch – seen as a rising star, the former equalities minister quit last week
  • Suella Braverman – current attorney general, she has waged a “war on woke”
  • Jeremy Hunt – former foreign secretary and health secretary, he was vocal critic of Boris Johnson
  • Penny Mordaunt – current trade minister, she use to be a Royal Navy reservist
  • Rishi Sunak – former chancellor whose resignation stunned Downing Street
  • Liz Truss – current foreign secretary, she has promised to slash taxes from “day one”
  • Tom Tugendhat – senior backbench MP who has never had a government job
  • Nadhim Zahawi – former education secretary, vaccines minister – and current chancellor 

Votes are being counted 

The votes are currently being counted and a result is expected at around 5 pm. 

Conservative Leadership race:  Voting ends in round one

Voting has closed in the first ballot of Tories MPs who are choosing from among the candidates to become the next party leader – and PM.  

The two-stage voting process will see the final two from the current 8 candidates proceed to a ballot of party members. 

To proceed to the next ballot of MPs, candidates need to secure 30 votes in today’s first round. 

The results from today’s ballot will be announced around 17:00 BST. 

PMQs Live – PM to face humiliating grilling from Sir Keir

This week will see Boris Johnson face-off with Keir Starmer – the first PMQs since the prime minister quit.

Boris Johnson will leave No 10 in September – a Tory leadership race is currently underway. The list of candidates has been slimmed down to eight: Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Tom Tugendhat, Kemi Badenoch, Penny Mordaunt, Jeremy Hunt, Nadhim Zahawi and Suella Braverman.yo

The first round of voting will kick off today between 13:30 – 15:30 pm. 

What time is PMQs today?

This week’s PMQs starts at its usual time of midday and will last roughly around 40 minutes. 

How can I watch PMQs? 

You can watch our live stream here or follow along with blog updates

What can we expect from this week’s PMQs? 

This is the second to last PMQs for Boris Johnson, who’s expected to face a tough PMQs today. Next Wednesday will be the PM’s final appearance before Parliament breaks for summer. A new tory leader will be in place by the time they return in September. 

Ministers blocked labour’s no-confidence vote in the Prime Minister on Tuesday. 

Downing Street said it would allow time for a vote of no confidence in the Government, but not the Prime Minister.

Sir Keir said he wanted a vote to prevent Mr Johnson “clinging on for a few months”.

“We have put down a vote of no confidence, and challenged any Tory MP who in the last few days has said, ‘I can’t serve Boris Johnson because you can’t trust a word the man says’,” Sir Keir said.

“Can they really vote to say he should stay in power for another few weeks?”

Labour’s motion read: “This House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government while the Rt Hon Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip remains Prime Minister.”

The Government declined to permit time for the vote, saying Labour “have chosen to play politics by tabling a vote of no confidence in the Government and the Prime Minister”.

The statement continued: “As the Prime Minister has already resigned and a leadership process is under way we do not feel this is a valuable use of parliamentary time.”

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