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Brexit campaigners Priti Patel, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson pushing the campaign at East London

Home Secretary Theresa May won the backing from two Cabinet ministers today as her campaign to be Tory leader and Prime Minister gathered momentum. The first ballet will take place on Tuesday….reports Asian Lite News

Brexit campaigners Priti Patel, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson pushing the campaign at East London
Brexit campaigners Priti Patel, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson pushing the campaign at East London (File)

The Home Secretary, the front runner in the race, was endorsed by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

As of 18:00 BST on Friday, Mrs May had secured the backing of 96 Tory MPs, while Mr Crabb had 22, Mrs Leadsom had 21, Mr Gove had 18 and Mr Fox had 10. More than 160 Conservative MPs had yet to declare whom they would support.

Meanwhile, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has said he backs Andrea Leadsom. They campaigned together for the UK to leave the EU, and Mr Duncan Smith said Mrs Leadsom was the “right person to lead” in the forthcoming negotiations.

Meanwhile, Mrs Leadsom said the new PM must be a Leave supporter – which would rule out frontrunner Theresa May.

The candidates will take part in a series of ballots of the party’s 330 MPs, starting on Tuesday.

The two most popular will then go on to a vote of the wider party membership, with the result due on 9 September.