Rivals race to catch Boris Johnson as UK Tory race narrows

The winner, due to be announced in late July, will replace Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister.

19 June 2019 | 14:26

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 19 June 2019 | 14:26

British Conservative Party leadership contender Rory Stewart talks to the media as he arrives for a live TV debate in central London Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo)

LONDON: Britain’s Conservative Party is set to kick one more candidate out of the contest to become the country’s next prime minister, as rivals scramble to catch front-runner Boris Johnson.

The five-strong field will be narrowed in elimination votes by Tory lawmakers Wednesday and Thursday, with the two top candidates going to a runoff of party members across the country.

One of the remaining candidates, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, says he is talking to Environment Secretary Michael Gove about combining forces. He says the question is “who is best able to politely and respectfully defeat Boris Johnson.”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Home Secretary Sajid Javid are also in the race.

The winner, due to be announced in late July, will replace Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister.

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