The suggestion was that some of Johnson’s backers voted for Hunt – secure in the knowledge their preferred candidate had an unassailable lead – as they wanting to keep fellow Brexiter Gove off the final ballot. With just four and a half hours between that announcement and the closing of the next voting period, Gove’s and Hunt’s teams worked hard to convince Javid supporters to back their respective candidates. 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Johnson topped yesterday’s ballot with 143 votes. A further two ballots will be taken today to choose the final two candidates for the party members’ vote. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinance In the last round of voting, Johnson’s support went up by just three votes, while Hunt’s surged by 18 and Gove’s increased by 14. Boris Johnson’s team denies ‘stitch up’ of Michael Gove While Gove took to Twitter to offer “many congratulations” to Hunt and Johnson, some of his supporters felt their candidate had been victim of a stitch up to keep him off the final ballot. There was also a suggestion that revenge could be a motivation, as Gove sunk Johnson’s tilt at the leadership in 2016 – withdrawing his support on the day of Johnson’s launch. The result of the ballot of Conservative party members will be announced in the week commencing 22nd July. Thursday 20 June 2019 9:16 pm Another campaign source told The Sun: “If you’ve got a big lead, you can do what you want with that. No, it’s not cricket, but it is politics”. Owen Bennett The day began with four candidates in the race, but after a ballot of MPs before lunch home secretary Sajid Javid was eliminated – finishing last with 34 votes. Johnson and Hunt will now take part in 16 hustings events around the country, kicking off in Birmingham on Saturday. Michael Gove lost out on reaching the final two in the contest by just two votes – winning the support of 75 MPs compared to Hunt’s 77. Johnson topped the poll with 160 backers, and will now go forward with the foreign secretary to a ballot of Conservative party members. Mel Stride, one of the key figures in Gove’s campaign, even resorted to messaging Johnson supporters asking them to support his man in order to ensure the final two in the race with Brexiters – compared to Hunt who voted Remain in the 2016 referendum. Share After the vote was announced, Stride was cool on suggestions Gove had been blocked from getting on the ballot by Johnson, saying: “If you look at the numbers it appears to me that didn’t happen, or if it did happen they were rather brilliant in getting it down to just a margin of two.” When one Gove supporter was asked by City A.M. if he feared there had been a stitch up, he replied: “Of course.” whatsapp Boris Johnson is facing Jeremy Hunt in the final stage in race to become Prime Minister after a brutal day in Westminster. A source on the Johnson campaign hit back, and describing the speculation as “all nonsense”.