Boris Johnson will face Jeremy Hunt for conservative leadership

Boris Johnson will have to measure himself against the current Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jeremy Hunt, in the final battle for the leadership of the British Conservative Party. Hunt has beaten this jueve


Boris Johnson will have to measure himself against the current Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jeremy Hunt , in the final battle for the leadership of the British Conservative Party. Hunt has beaten on Thursday his personal pulse with the Secretary of the Environment, Michael Gove , by just two votes (77 to 75) and a notable distance from the favorite (160).

After five rounds, the 10 initial candidates have given way to the two finalists , who have a month ahead to campaign before the "primaries" in which the more than 160,000 "Tories" militants will vote. It is expected that the name of the winner will be made public on July 23, the same day that Theresa May will leave Downing Street (although until then she will continue to act as acting prime minister).

The 'dirty war' between the last candidates led the fourth and fifth 'elimination'. Supporters of the big favorite, Boris Johnson, launched the slogan to humiliate Environment Secretary Michael Gove and encourage the tactical vote in favor of Jeremy Hunt.

Gove, which started at idle after the explosive statements about his cocaine use in his youth, was rising whole among the 313 deputies "Tories" who participated in the 'eliminatory' to snatch the second place to Hunt, considered the greatest rival of Johnson since the beginning of the race just a week ago.

Johnson supporters have not forgiven the betrayal of Michael Gove, when he decided to present his own candidacy in 2016 after the victory of Brexit and torpedoed the ambitions of his old partner, finally paving the way to May.

Boris Johnson has managed to secure his vast majority at the last minute with the support of the fourth candidate in contention, Sajid Javid , the "loser" of the penultimate round. Javid had already expressed his sympathies for the favorite, which could compensate him with a "promotion" in his future Government (possibly as foreign secretary).

Johnson also received on Thursday the unexpected accolade of 'The Evening Standard', the newspaper headed by former Treasury Secretary George Osborne , who justified his support by saying that the favorite has moderated its position since entering the race and that it will be "flexible". "with the Brexit deadline.

Boris is in any case the most likely candidate for the "hard" Brexit. At the beginning of the campaign he proclaimed: "We are leaving the EU on October 31, with or without agreement . " His position has moderated, however, in the last appearances, in an effort to reach the centrist faction of his own party, clustered around the flag of 'One Nation' (One Nation).

The war unleashed among the candidates in the final stage, however, triggered the alarm due to the fear of an impact on public opinion that could further damage the already devalued image of the Conservative Party, devoured by internal battles over the European question. "We do not need this kind of games," warned Labor Secretary Amber Rudd, who decided to lend her support to Jeremy Hunt.

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