Boris Johnson charges towards Number 10 as Dominic Raab is knocked out of Tory leadership race

Conservative party leadership contender Boris Johnson leaving his home in south London.
Boris Johnson stormed to victory in the second round of voting of the Conservative Party leadership elections (PA Images)

Boris Johnson has hurtled closer to becoming Britain’s next Prime Minister after winning the second round of voting in the Conservative Party leadership contest by a considerable margin.

Mr Johnson’s seemingly inexorable journey to victory saw him win 126 votes from Tory MPs.

Dominic Raab was knocked out of the competition after failing to secure the 33 votes required to proceed to the next round.

The full results were -

Michael Gove: 41

Jeremy Hunt: 46

Sajid Javid: 33

Boris Johnson: 126

Dominic Raab: 30

Rory Stewart: 37

Boris Johnson is the clear frontrunner to become the next Prime Minister
Boris Johnson is the clear frontrunner to become the next Prime Minister

The remaining five candidates will take part in a live debate on the BBC at 8pm this evening where rivals are expected to pile in on the frontrunner.

It is the first time Mr Johnson has taken part in a debate during the campaign after being accused of ducking scrutiny.

He failed to take part in a debate last week on Channel 4 and has refused to give interviews throughout the leadership contest.

Rivals have accused Mr Johnson of making conflicting promises to different factions of the Conservative Party to win support.

What next?

Conservative voters will hold another round of voting tomorrow, and will continue to hold ballots until the candidates are whittled down to two.

Conservative Party members will vote on the final two, and the victor will become the leader of the party and the Prime Minister.