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Liam Fox knocked out of Tory race

North Somerset MP Liam Fox has been knocked out in the first round of the race to be Conservative Party leader.

The former Defence Secretary was one of 5 candidates bidding to succeed David Cameron, who quit after Britain's vote to leave the EU.

Liam Fox MP, Tory leadership contender Credit: Liam Fox

The full results of the first round in the Conservative leadership vote are:

Theresa May 165, Andrea Leadsom 66, Michael Gove 48, Stephen Crabb 34, Liam Fox.

Here's what Dr Fox had to say outside Westminster following the result:

Dear All,

I am very grateful to those colleagues who supported me in the ballot today.

Naturally, I am disappointed not to progress further but I do not regret standing in this contest. I felt it was vital to stress the importance of national security in this debate and the need for a clear path to our exit from the European Union. I hope I have achieved both these objectives.

I have also sought to stress the need for experience as the successful candidate will have to take up the reins of government in less than 9 weeks.

Best,

Liam

– Liam Fox MP, Conservative leadership contender

Tory leadership race - Who are our MPs backing?

The runners - Liam Fox, Theresa May, Stephen Crabb, Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove Credit: PA

Voting for the Tory party leadership has been taking place today. Of the West Country MPs who've declared their intentions, this is our understanding of who's backing who:

  • Theresa May - Oliver Colvile (Plymouth Sutton & Devonport), Kevin Foster (Torbay), Peter Heaton-Jones (N Devon), Sarah Newton (Truro & Falmouth), Mel Stride (Central Devon), Hugo Swire (E Devon), Sarah Wollaston (Totnes)
  • Michael Gove - George Eustice (Camborne & Redruth)
  • Stephen Crabb - Steve Double (St Austell & Newquay), Gary Streeter (SW Devon)
  • Andrea Leadsom - Anne-Marie Morris (Newton Abbot), Sheryll Murray (SE Cornwall), Neil Parish (Tiverton & Honiton)
  • Liam Fox - Scott Mann (N Cornwall)
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