Mark Harper, Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom are the first Conservative leadership contenders to be eliminated from the race for Number 10 after failing to secure enough votes in the first ballot of Tory MPs.
The first of in a series of secret ballots was held by Conservative MPs today, which required candidates to secure at least 17 votes.
There were 313 votes cast. Boris Johnson is the frontrunner with the highest number of votes in the first ballot for the next Conservative party leader and Prime Minister.
The full breakdown of the first ballot was:
Michael Gove 37
Matt Hancock 20
Mark Harper 10
Jeremy Hunt 43
Sajid Javid 23
Boris Johnson 114
Andrea Leadsom 11
Esther McVey 9
Dominic Raab 27
Rory Stewart 19
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A huge £123 million EuroMillions jackpot has been won by a ticket holder in the UK, the National Lottery has revealed, after the prize was scooped on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the National Lottery said the win put the ticket-holder in third place among the biggest ever lottery wins in the UK.
Players across the country are being urged to check their tickets to see if the can claim the massive prize.
Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said, “This year has been truly incredible for UK EuroMillions players – with four jackpot winners so far on these shores.
“Patrick and Frances Connolly from Northern Ireland won the £114.9 million EuroMillions jackpot in the draw on New Year’s Day, Ade Goodchild banked £71 million in March and an anonymous ticket-holder bagged £35.2 million in April.”
The winning main EuroMillions numbers on Tuesday night were: 25, 27, 39, 42 and 46.
The Lucky star numbers were 11 and 12.
Eighty-five percent of people who voted in a Good Morning Britain Twitter poll have said over 75-year-olds should still get a free TV licence.
The online poll, which attracted over 26,000 votes at the time of writing, has received over two thousand comments from users, plenty of whom were outraged by the BBC's decision.
One user wrote: "For a lot of elderly people, the TV is their only contact with the outside world. Why disadvantage people who have paid into the system all their lives?"
Another added: "Absolutely disgusting of the bbc to put added pressure on a generation who have given so much already. A few well placed pay cuts is all that's needed but no they would rather take from those who already have so little!"
Ten contenders in the Tory leadership race have reached the first round of voting by MPs, with only one candidate failing to gain sufficient support.
The candidates, announced by the joint acting chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee Dame Cheryl Gillan, were: Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Rory Stewart, Dominic Raab, Matt Hancock, Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Mark Harper.
Outsider Sam Gyimah, who had been the only contender open to a second referendum on Brexit, announced he would be dropping out of the race just before the deadline closed, claiming he didn't have enough backers and a lack of time to "build sufficient support".
Conservative leadership candidate Esther McVey has apologised to those who were negatively affected by Universal Credit but still believes it's been an overall success.
The controversial new system was linked to a rise in foodbank use following its role out last year, in which a series of administrative issues saw new claimants waiting up to five weeks before their first payment was processed.
Addressing the issue on Good Morning Britain, Esther said: “Universal Credit came into existence because the old benefit wasn’t working. It locked people out of work...it was a barrier to work and if you did go into work, the tax rates were over 90 percent, so it stopped people going to work.”
Asked if she thinks it’s been a success, Esther added: “Universal Credit has been a success in supporting the most vulnerable, more money goes there and supporting people going into work. What I will say, where it hasn’t worked for people, then I do apologise, that is wrong. That is why we have tried to make the system a lot better.”
When Piers then asked if she agrees it’s a scandal that people in the UK are using food banks, she said: “Yes I do... of course you wouldn’t want [the numbers using them] to go up. You have to look at why people go to food banks. People go there for all different reasons. Some people could be addicted to drugs and alcohol, some people could be in abusive relationships and running away, there are many reasons why people don’t have enough money.”
Unite activist Lisa Forbes was elected with a majority of 683 over the Brexit Party's Mike Green.
Labour won 10,484 votes to the Brexit Party’s 9,801.
The election result will come as a blow for Mr Farage who was hoping to secure his party's first MP just six months after they formed.
The news offers some light relief for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party suffered a devastating blow in the European Elections last month, following criticism they had failed to take a clear stance on Brexit.
The by-election was called after Peterborough’s previous MP Fiona Onasanya was forced out after she was jailed for lying about a speeding offence.
Conservatives were beaten into third place with 7,243 votes in a seat which is a traditional two-way Conservative-Labour marginal.
President Donald Trump has said was ‘moved’ by Prince Charles’ ‘passion for future generations’ after they talked for over an hour on climate change during a meeting at Buckingham Palace this week.
Trump, who previously said climate change experts had a ‘political agenda’, claims he enjoyed his chat with Prince Charles about the environment.
In an exclusive interview with Good Morning Britain, Trump told Piers Morgan: “We were going to have a 15-minute chat. And it turned out to be an hour and a half. And he did most of the talking. He is really into climate change, and I think that’s great, I mean I want that, I like that.”
“What he really wants, and what he really feels warmly about is the future. He wants to make sure future generations have a climate that is good climate as opposed to a disaster and I agree.”
He added: "I did mention a couple of things, I did say, ‘Well the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are, based on all statistics, and it’s even getting better,’ Because I agree with that, I want the best water, the cleanest water. Crystal clean - it has to be crystal clean…’