Theresa May has won the first round of voting to become the next conservative leader and thus the new Prime Minister for the UK.
Receiving 165 votes out of a total of 329 cast by conservative MPs Theresa May comes a clear first. Second was Andrea Leadsom with 66 votes. Third was Michael Gove who received a total of 48 votes.
Coming in forth Stephen Crabb with 34 votes, decided to withdraw himself from the race. Liam Fox only got 16 votes, and so has been dropped from the race.
Further voting will now reduce the final three contender down to two; then the conservative party members will vote by postal ballot for either of the remaining candidates; which is due to be taken to members on the 9th of September.
This leaves Theresa May as the only remaining contender in the race that campaigned for the UK to remain the EU. Both Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove campaigned for the UK to leave the EU.
Will Theresa May satisfy her critics It looks like she is so far.
So looking at the number this means that Theresa May with 165 votes received 50%, with Andrea Leadsom who came second with 66 votes only secured 20% of the vote, Michael Gove with 48 votes received only 15%, with Stephen Crabb getting 10% and Liam Fox only 5%.
This is a huge advantage for Mrs May in the first round of voting and she has promised she will go through with a Brexit plan should she be the next #Prime Minister. So can the UKs brexit be stopped it doesn't look like it.
Liam Fox has lost out again for a second time in a conservative leader race, in 2005 he came third in the contest which David Cameron won.
It is thought that while the majority of Conservative MPs are remain supporters and so back Theresa May for leadership the wiser party membership may not reflect that which could swing this race in favour of Andrea Leadsom or Michael Gove.
Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove are set to face the conservative MPs for the second time on Thursday 7th July. Then the final round will be on the following Tuesday. This changes should any candidate drop out of the race at which point with only two candidates the leadership campaign will go directly to a postal ballot to the wider conservative party members.