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Rory Stewart backing Jeremy Hunt in leadership bid

Cumbria MP Rory Stewart is backing Jeremy Hunt against Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership contest.

The Penrith and The Border MP, who was a candidate earlier in the contest, said the problem with Mr Johnson's plan was that he was telling people "what they want to hear".

The international development secretary told the Today programme that Mr Johnson was "pretending he has a magic solution" which was "not going to damage them at all" but the reality was he was going to let people down.

He also said he would definitely vote against a Tory government to stop a no-deal Brexit but would stop short of a no-confidence vote.

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Stewart names Hunt as choice for Conservative leader

The MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart, who was knocked out of the Conservative leadership race this week, says he will be voting for Jeremy Hunt.

Rory Stewart debating with remainer
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Mr Stewart says he enjoyed touring the country talking to people and will continue this, even though his campaign is now over.

The MP, who is currently a cabinet minister as Secretary of international Development, says that if Boris Johnson is succeessful, he won't serve in his government, but will remain a loyal member of the Conservative Party.

I will also continue to build a movement for what I believe is the future of British politics, which is not to go to the two extremes but to try to bring people together in the centre ground."

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Tory leadership: MPs 'not ready' for no-deal warnings, says Stewart
Rory Stewart says some Conservative MPs “don’t seem to be ready" for warnings he has made about the effect of a no-deal Brexit.

Tories 'not ready' for no-deal warnings

Tory leadership: MPs 'not ready' for no-deal warnings, says Stewart
Rory Stewart says some Conservative MPs “don’t seem to be ready" for warnings he has made about the effect of a no-deal Brexit. 

The freshly eliminated leadership contender said some of his warnings “probably proved to be truths that people weren't quite ready to hear”.

Mr Stewart, who was knocked out of the race after the third ballot of MPs, added: “We don’t have to try to appease the Nigel Farage, Brexit Party side of our party - or Jeremy Corbyn.

“The long-term future of our party and our country must be in the centre ground of politics."
Tory leadership contest: Rory Stewart knocked out
Co-chair of the 1922 Committee Charles Walker unveils the results for the latest round of voting for Tory leader.