Who are our Conservative MPs backing to become the next Prime Minister?

PUBLISHED: 12:14 13 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:42 13 June 2019

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps with Boris Johnson's brother Jo Johnson

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps with Boris Johnson's brother Jo Johnson

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The Conservative leadership contest is taking place today, but how are our Welwyn Hatfield and Hertsmere MPs going to vote?

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, who called for outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May to stand down as long ago as autumn 2017, is supporting Boris Johnson to be the next Conservative leader.

Mr Shapps attended the launch of the Back Boris campaign this week, and said last month: "I think that the Conservative Party is unlikely to want to trust another Remain-turned-Leaver."

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden is also supporting Mr Johnson to become the next Prime Minister.

An article written for The Times by Mr Dowden and two fellow Conservative MPs said on the matter: "we believe there really is only one logical answer: Boris Johnson."

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The results for the first vote came in today just after 1pm, with Boris Johnson being the notable favourite.

The candidates that have been eliminated are Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Mark Harper, meaning your MPs's candidates are still in the race.

In the coming weeks, the final two candidates with the most support will go head to head for the keys to Number 10.

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