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What Rory Stewart's victory means for the rest of the leadership race

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18.06.2019

Rory Stewart goes on making the news, going from last place to overtaking Dominic Raab and Sajid Javid. Stewart is now in contention for the right to take on Boris Johnson in the final vote among Conservative Party members.

This sets up an interesting TV debate on the BBC tonight. It means that Johnson, in his first big public test of this campaign, will have to face Stewart, his fiercest critic.

And it also means more potential cliffhangers to come, starting at 6pm tomorrow, when the result of the third ballot will be announced. Before then, I expect Javid to have withdrawn. I think he will take part in the TV debate, because he thinks he has something to say, but tomorrow he can retire with honour, having secured the 33 votes needed to give him the option of going to the next round – so he avoided joining Raab in the relegation zone.........

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