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BRITAIN: Boris Johnson in the lead as next conservative party leader after topping votes

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Boris Johnson has come out ahead in the first round of the MPs’ ballot for leader of the Conservative Party.

Mr Johnson got 114 votes, ahead of Jeremy Hunt on 43, Michael Gove on 37 and Dominic Raab on 27, as five contenders were forced to bow out after failing to reach the threshold of 17 votes on Thursday, 13 June.

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In his speech while launching his leadership bid on Wednesday, Mr Johnson vowed to push through Brexit and defeat insurgent parties.

The former Foreign Secretary made much of his record as Mayor of London between 2008 and 2016, when he claimed to have cut the murder rate and built 100,000 affordable homes.

Although Aljazeera disclosed that he did not mention that most of those homes were only 80 percent of market rent, critics say they was not affordable.

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