Dominic Raab out of Tory leadership race

Dominic Raab has been knocked out of the Tory leadership race in the latest ballot of MPs, leaving five candidates in the battle to be the next PM.

Boris Johnson once again came top of the second ballot, with 126 votes – 12 more than in the first round.

Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart also got enough votes to make it into the next round.

Mr Raab did not get through, after getting 30 votes, three less than the minimum needed.

The former Brexit secretary had called for the UK to leave the EU without a deal on 31 October if necessary.

He also caused controversy by refusing to rule out suspending Parliament to thwart attempts by MPs to block a no-deal exit.

Mr Hunt came second in the ballot of 313 Tory MPs, with 46 votes – three more than in last week’s first vote.

Mr Gove and Mr Javid also increased their tally of votes but Rory Stewart made the biggest stride forward, nearly doubling his backing from 19 to 37 votes.

Johnny Mercer, a supporter of Mr Johnson, said he was pleased by his performance but conceded the contest “was not done yet”.

The surviving five candidates will take part in a live BBC debate in central London at 20.00 BST.

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