'None of your business!' Theresa May refuses to say who she voted for to replace her

Andy Wells
·Freelance Writer
·2-min read

Theresa May has had the difficult task of having to vote for her replacement as leader this morning - but she will not be saying who she voted for.

The Prime Minister was asked who she wants to be the next Tory leader as voting opened on today’s first ballot - and she joked: "That's none of your business!”

One person Mrs May will probably not be voting for is for current favourite Boris Johnson, who launched several attacks on the PM’s Brexit stance after quitting as Foreign Secretary last year.

Theresa May refused to reveal who she voted for as next leader of the Tories (Getty)
Theresa May refused to reveal who she voted for as next leader of the Tories (Getty)
The timetable of the Tory leadership contest (PA)
The timetable of the Tory leadership contest (PA)
Britain's Conservative Party lawmaker Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during the official launch of his leadership campaign, in London, Wednesday June 12, 2019. Boris Johnson solidified his front-runner status in the race to become Britain's next prime minister on Tuesday, gaining backing from leading pro-Brexit lawmakers.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Boris Johnson is the favourite to take over as Tory leader (AP)

Mrs May has so far been hesitant to fire back at her former Cabinet colleague but she will no doubt make her feelings clear by voting for one of his rivals.

A shock poll of Conservative members this morning found that outsider Rory Stewart now stands as the second favourite choice behind Mr Johnson to take over as PM.

Mr Stewart has become something of a social media star during the course of the campaign - but he has struggled to secure much support with MPs.

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And it is MPs who will ultimately decide who the final two will be before the vote is thrown open to members - where Mr Johnson commands a 40 point lead over Mr Stewart.

As MPs voted, leadership contender, and former Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom said she was “feeling very positive and optimistic and hopeful” that she will go through to the next round.

Asked who he thought would be eliminated, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is backing Boris Johnson, told said: "Mark Harper doesn't seem in a very strong position.”

Mrs May's resignation kicked off the race to be new Tory leader (Getty)
Mrs May's resignation kicked off the race to be new Tory leader (Getty)
Mrs May has previously tried to block Boris Johnson as taking over as leader (Getty)
Boris Johnson has been a critic of Mrs May's Brexit stance (Getty)

Leadership candidate and former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey told the Press Association: "I'm the outsider, I know that.”

Asked who she would urge her supporters to back if she is eliminated, Ms McVey said: "I'm not answering that yet."

Asked who he voted for, Environment Secretary and leadership contender Michael Gove said: "The best candidate."

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