Johnson vs Hunt in final of race to be next British PM

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Jeremy Hunt, left, and Boris Johnson, right, are the final two contenders for leadership of the Conservative Party. (File/AP)
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Conservative MPs will decide on June 20 who will join Boris Johnson in the final two battling become Britain's next prime minister, with three contenders jostling for the second spot. (AFP)
Updated 20 June 2019

Johnson vs Hunt in final of race to be next British PM

  • The centre-right party's 160,000 grassroots members will now pick their new leader from the final two
  • Former London mayor Johnson topped the fifth ballot of MPs in the governing Conservative Party with 160 votes

LONDON: Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, once an opponent of leaving the European Union who has now promised to exit with a deal, are the final two in the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May.
Despite a series of scandals in the past and criticism about his attention to detail, Johnson has dominated the race since May announced a month ago that she would step down after failing to get her Brexit deal ratified by parliament.
In a fifth and final ballot of Conservative lawmakers, which eliminated Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Johnson was again way out in front: he won 160 out of 313 votes against Hunt's 77. One ballot paper was rejected.
Johnson, 55, who served as London mayor for eight years, has cast himself as the only candidate who can deliver Brexit on Oct. 31 while fighting off the electoral threats of Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.
Johnson has increased his share of the vote of Conservative lawmakers at each of the four ballots so far: 114 out of 313 votes in the first ballot on June 13, 126 on June 18, 143 on Wednesday, and 157 and 160 on Thursday.
Gove was third with 75. Interior minister Sajid Javid was knocked out in the fourth round earlier on Thursday.
Now around 160,000 Conservative Party grassroots members will vote on who will be their leader - and Britain's next prime minister - by the end of July.
Johnson has pledged to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a deal. The EU has said it will not renegotiate the divorce deal that May agreed last year and the British parliament has indicated it will block a no-deal exit.
He has not addressed how he will solve that riddle.


Police officers shot, one fatally, in standoff in Jersey City, New Jersey

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Police officers shot, one fatally, in standoff in Jersey City, New Jersey

  • More than one officer shot, one fatally, in active ongoing shooter situation
  • Police looking for two shooters — a man and a woman

JERSEY CITY: More than one officer has been shot in a standoff in Jersey City, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in a tweet on Tuesday. Police are looking for two shooters — a man and a woman.

Multiple agencies have responded to the scene on a residential street in the city, which is across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The sheriff’s department and a number of police, SWAT and ATF officers are on the scene.