Rory Stewart out of Tory leadership race

Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart at the Channel 4 debate

Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart at the Channel 4 debate

The move could alarm some Tory MPs, as well as parties such as the Liberal Democrats, whom are advocating for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union.

Dominic Raab has been knocked out of the Tory leadership race.

Stewart gained a total of 18 votes from the first round of voting to the second, the most by any candidate and that includes Boris Johnson - who only had an additional 12 votes.

Another candidate will face the axe on Wednesday afternoon - with Mr Johnson, Mr Hunt, Mr Gove, Mr Stewart and Sajid Javid battling it out for the top job.

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

Javid, like Johnson, says he would try to leave the European Union without an agreement rather than delay Brexit beyond October 31.

He also caused controversy by refusing to rule out suspending Parliament to thwart attempts by MPs to block a no-deal exit. The candidate who gets the fewest votes in Wednesday's private ballot of Tory lawmakers will be eliminated.

Mr Hunt, who came second in the second Tory leadership ballot on Tuesday, also said he was best placed to cut a deal with Brussels on Brexit, saying: "We need a negotiator". The home secretary, Sajid Javid, continues through to the next ballot - to be held at 10am local time on Thursday - with the support of 38 MPs.

Worldwide development minister Rory Stewart managed only 27 votes and was eliminated from the contest.

"I think the British people are thoroughly fed up". "He has star quality you don't often see in politics".

It seems like Francois, who backs Johnson, could not resist snapping back at the protester, and turned back from the doorway to say: "In the nicest possible way, we're signing your death warrant".

He is trailed by foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt who received 54 votes.

She told the BBC the foreign secretary remained "a serious candidate for a serious job".

"The only candidate who will now do this is Boris Johnson and so I'll be supporting him to become our next Prime Minister", he told the Evening Standard newspaper.

Like Johnson, Gove helped lead the campaign to leave the European Union, but scuttled his friend's bid to become prime minister in 2016 when he unexpectedly withdrew his support and chose to run for the job himself.

There will be further rounds of voting until there are just two candidates left.

Johnson is all but guaranteed to be one of the two finalists and is believed to have significant support among grass roots party members.