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How does voting work in the Tory leadership race?

As Boris Johnson hosts a long-delayed wedding celebration at the country house of a billionaire Tory donor this weekend, any far-fetched hopes of his name being on the ballot of the party’s leadership contest will evaporate.

Publicising a petition demanding that members have the option to re-elect Mr Johnson as Conservative leader, those supportive of the outgoing prime minister warned that replacing him would amount to “guaranteeing” a Labour victory at the next general election.

But this weekend, party officials will be busy preparing to send out ballot papers to the 160,000-plus fee-paying members who will vote to elect either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak as his successor.


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