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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

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Tory leadership race - who are our MPs supporting?

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

This is our understanding of who our MPs from the West are backing in the Tory leadership contest.

Voting closes at 6 pm tonight (Tues 5 July):

  • Theresa May - Robert Buckland (S Swindon), Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswolds), Neil Carmichael (Stroud), Alex Chalk (Cheltenham), Richard Graham (Gloucester), Ben Howlett (Bath), Claire Perry (Devizes).
  • Michael Gove - Jack Lopresti (Filton & Bradley Stoke), Jacob Rees-Mogg (NE Somerset).
  • Stephen Crabb - John Glen (Salisbury), James Heappey (Wells), Luke Hall (Thornbury & Yate), Simon Hoare (N Dorset), Chris Skidmore (Kingswood).
  • Andrea Leadsom - James Gray (N Wilts), Charlotte Leslie (Bristol NW), Andrew Murrison (SW Wilts), Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury)
  • Liam Fox (N Somerset) is presumably voting for himself!

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Ian Axton goes head to head with Cameron and Fox on the EU

If there's one thing our presenter Ian Axton is known for it's grilling politicians on their views, and what they think. Well tonight was no exception.

The Prime Minister David Cameron - who's campaigning for us to remain in the EU was on the receiving end of his questions.

Take a look:

And MP Liam Fox - who's campaigning for us to leave - didn't escape either!

Environment Secretary expected to lose his job in cabinet reshuffle

Owen Paterson visiting Northmoor Pumping Station in January Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to lose his job in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle.

The Conservative minister came under intense pressure, following his handling of the flooding on the Somerset levels, and also received criticism for the horsemeat scandal and unsuccessful badger culls. Meanwhile, North Somerset MP Liam Fox is tipped to make a return to the front benches.

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