Tory leadership race: Stewart out as Johnson extends lead

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MPs suggest Johnson backers lent previous votes to Stewart to eliminate Brexiter rival Raab

Rory Stewart has been ousted from the Conservative leadership contest after losing 10 votes since the last round, sparking MPs’ speculation that Boris Johnson’s operatives may have previously pushed fellow supporters to vote for the outsider to help eliminate his Brexiter rival Dominic Raab.

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