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2019 Conservative Party leadership election
← 2016 7 June – 22 July 2019 (2019-06-07 – 2019-07-22)

Full results for all candidates below
Opinion polls
Turnout 87.4%
  Yukiya Amano with Boris Johnson in London - 2018 (41099455635) (cropped).jpg Official portrait of Mr Jeremy Hunt crop 2.jpg
Candidate Boris Johnson Jeremy Hunt
Fifth MPs' ballot 160 (51.1%) 77 (24.6%)
Members' vote 92,153 (66.1%) 46,656 (33.5%)

Leader before election

Theresa May

Elected Leader

Boris Johnson

The 2019 Conservative Party leadership election happened when the prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May, announced on 24 May 2019 that she would resign as leader on 7 June, and resign as Prime Minister when a replacement is elected.

Nominations closed on 10 June 2019 with ten candidates officially being nominated. The first ballot of MPs took place on 13 June. A second one took place on 18 June with a third on 19 June and a fourth and fifth ballot on 20 June. The entire contest is expected to be completed by mid-July. After the fifth ballot, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson were the final two candidates. The general membership of the party elected Johnson as the leader by postal ballot on 22 July 2019.

Candidates

Nominated

The following MPs were officially nominated by the Conservative Party as candidates for the leadership position. Each candidate passed the first five ballots.

Eliminated

Fifth ballot

The following MP was eliminated on the fifth ballot on 20 June. They failed to obtain over 24% of the votes to advance further into the contest.

Fourth ballot

The following MP was eliminated on the fourth ballot on 20 June. They failed to obtain over 50 votes to advance further into the contest.

Third ballot

The following MP was eliminated on the third ballot on 19 June. They failed to obtain over 30 votes to advance further into the contest.

Second ballot

The following MP was eliminated on the second ballot on 18 June. They failed to obtain over 30 votes to advance further into the contest.

First ballot

The following MPs were eliminated on the first ballot on 13 June. They failed to obtain 17 votes to advance further into the contest.

Withdrawn

During the ballot

The following individuals were officially nominated as a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party but then eventually withdrew after the first ballot of the race, due to insufficient support or other reasons:

Before the ballot

The following individuals announced that they would seek the leadership of the Conservative Party but then eventually did not stand, or withdrew before the first ballot of the race, due to insufficient support or other reasons:

Timeline

Candidate status
Candidate on membership ballot
Candidate eliminated during MP ballots
Candidate withdrew
Events
Theresa May announces resignation
Theresa May resigns as Conservative leader
Nominations close
MP ballot
Postal ballots distributed to party members
Final leadership hustings
Results announced
Rory StewartDominic RaabEsther McVeyKit MalthouseAndrea LeadsomBoris JohnsonSajid JavidJeremy HuntMark HarperMatt HancockSam GyimahMichael GoveJames Cleverly

Results

After each ballot of Conservative MPs, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. A new rule was introduced in 2019 due to the number of candidates: In the first ballot, held on 13 June 2019, candidates also needed to pass a threshold of 17 votes to avoid elimination. In the second ballot, held on 18 June, candidates needed to pass a threshold of 33 votes to avoid elimination.

Candidate First ballot:
13 June 2019
Second ballot:
18 June 2019
Third ballot:
19 June 2019
Fourth ballot:
20 June 2019
Fifth ballot:
20 June 2019
Members' vote
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Boris Johnson 114 36.4 126 40.3 143 45.7 157 50.2 160 51.1 92,153 66.1
Jeremy Hunt 43 13.7 46 14.7 54 17.3 59 18.8 77 24.6 46,656 33.5
Michael Gove 37 11.8 41 13.1 51 16.3 61 19.5 75 24.0 Eliminated
Sajid Javid 23 7.3 33 10.5 38 12.1 34 10.9 Eliminated
Rory Stewart 19 6.1 37 11.8 27 8.6 Eliminated
Dominic Raab 27 8.6 30 9.6 Eliminated
Matt Hancock 20 6.4 Withdrew
Andrea Leadsom 11 3.5 Eliminated
Mark Harper 10 3.2 Eliminated
Esther McVey 9 2.9 Eliminated
Spoilt ballots 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 2 0.6 1 0.3 509 0.4
Turnout 313 100.0 313 100.0 313 100.0 313 100.0 313 100.0 139,318 87.4


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