Nadhim Zahawi and Jeremy Hunt eliminated from Tory leadership contest

Prime Minister Nadhim Zahawi and former Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Hunt have been dropped from the race to succeed Boris Johnson after the first round of voting by Tory MPs.

Rishi Sunak, whose No 11 resignation helped trigger the Tory leadership race, topped the vote, with Commerce Secretary Penny Mordaunt ahead of Secretary of State Liz Truss.

Senior supporter Tom Tugendhat, Attorney General Suella Braverman and former equality minister Kemi Badenoch also advanced to the final six candidates.

Mr Zahawi, along with Mr Hunt, who previously held the health and secretary of state offices, both failed to get the 30 votes needed to go to the next stage.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative 1922 committee that oversaw the contest, read out the results in a crowded room 14 of the Committee in the House of Commons.

Mr. Sunak is 88 years old, Mrs. Mordaunt is 67 years old, Ms. Truss is 50 years old, Ms. Badenoch is 40 years old, Mr. Tugendhat is 37 years old and Ms Braverman is 32 years old.

Mr Zahawi, brought back by Mr Johnson after Mr Sunak stepped down, is 25 years old and Mr Hunt is just 18.

Ms. Truss has sought to unify party rights, as the next vote from Thursday will eliminate the least popular candidate until two are left.

“Now is the time for colleagues to unite behind the candidate who will cut taxes, deliver the real economic change we need from day one, and ensure Putin,” a spokesman for the foreign minister said. will lose in Ukraine.”

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Mike Fahey

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