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Theresa May gains strong support from Conservative MPs

Theresa May has won the backing of four times as many MPs as any other candidate for the Conservative Party leadership, a survey by ITV News shows.

Of 139 MPs who have spoken to ITV News, 82 said they would be supporting the Home Secretary.

Earlier, Michael Gove declared himself "the candidate for change" as he set out his pitch to become Conservative leader and prime minister.

Gove said after last week's referendum vote for Brexit, the new prime minister must be someone who fought on the Leave side - effectively ruling out Mrs May, who was part of the Remain campaign, even though her contributions to it were notably low-key.

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Andrea Leadsom and David Davis back Boris Johnson

Andrea Leadsom and David Davis Credit: PA; Reuters

Former Conservative leadership candidate David Davis has given Boris Johnson his backing to be the next leader of the Tories.

The MP for Haltemprice and Howden lost out to David Cameron in the 2005 contest.

ITV News also understands that Andrea Leadsom, who was widely expected to launch her own leadership bid, is backing the former London mayor.

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