Boris Johnson leads race to be next Prime Minister among Tory members

Posted On: 
18th May 2019

Boris Johnson is leading the race to succeed Theresa May, a new poll of Conservative party members has revealed.

Boris Johnson leads nearest rival Dominic Raab by 26%.
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Thirty-nine per cent of party members would give the former Foreign Secretary their first preference vote in Conservative leadership battle, according to a poll by YouGov for the Times.

His nearest rival, former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, has just 13% support. 

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The poll showed that in a head-to-head contest, Mr Johnson leads Mr Raab 59% to 41%.

Meanwhile, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Sajid Javid would get just 9% of first preferences. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock languished on 1% support, behind Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom (both 5%) as well as International Development Secretary Rory Stewart (4%).

Mr Johnson announced on Thursday that he would put his name forward when Mrs May stands down.

However, he remains a highly divisive figure even among his own party's members.

While 49% of Conservative Leave voters would back Mr Johnson, just 10% of its Remain voters would, according to the poll.

Furthermore, 31% thought he would be a "poor" leader.