Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has come top in the second ballot of the Conservative leadership contest, after securing 126 votes from his fellow Tory MPs Tuesday evening.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt received 46 of the votes.
Michael Gove, the environment secretary received 41 votes, Rory Stewart, the international development secretary, 37, Sajid Javid, the home secretary, 33 and Dominic Raab, the former Brexit secretary, 30.
Johnson, Hunt, Gove, Stewart and Javid will go through to the next round and will appear in a televised debate Tuesday night.
With those results, Raab has been knocked out of the race after receiving less than 33 votes, the threshold needed to go through to the next round.
Johnson will face the other four candidates in the next round.
Johnson’s 126 votes is a 40% increase from the number of votes he received in the first round which was 114.
The former foreign secretary, as in the first round of votes, is the only candidate to have received over 100 votes with the other contenders still receiving less than 50 votes with minimal 10-15% increases from their first round results.
If Johnson is able to maintain this significant lead, he is all but certain to make it to the final round of the contest and if he is to succeed in that, as expected, he will become the next prime minister of the U.K.
All 313 Conservative MPs voted in the secret ballot that took place in the House of Commons and no spoiled ballot papers were reported.
In the final round, the Tory membership will vote on a candidate and the winner will be announced in the week commencing 22 July.