Race to be the next prime minister: Who Hampshire MPs are backing

The race to be next into 10 Downing Street starts today
The race to be next into 10 Downing Street starts today
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Conservative MPs will begin the process of choosing their next leader and UK prime minister, when the first round of voting gets under way today.

Theresa May goes in to the ballot with a lead among Tory MPs.

But energy minister Andrea Leadsom, who won Boris Johnson’s backing yesterday, Michael Gove, Stephen Crabb and Liam Fox also hope to succeed David Cameron.

Party members will choose from the two backed by most Tory MPs, with the winner due to be named on September 9.

The Conservative Party’s 330 MPs will vote in the first round of the election between 11am and 6pm, with the results expected at about 7pm, when the poorest performing candidate will be eliminated.

Further rounds will take place on Thursday and the following Tuesday until two candidates remain.

Here’s who your MP will be backing.

Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North: Andrea Leadsom.

Flick Drummond, Portsmouth South: Theresa May.

Caroline Dinenage, Gosport: Theresa May.

Suella Fernandes, Fareham: Michael Gove.

Alan Mak, Havant: Theresa May.

George Hollingbery, Meon Valley: Theresa May.

Damian Hinds, East Hampshire: Theresa May.