EU referendum: Boris Johnson has 21 point lead over George Osborne in race to replace David Cameron as Tory party leader after he backs Brexit

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Boris now has a major lead over Osborne, according to new YouGov figures (Source: Getty)

London mayor Boris Johnson has a double-digit lead over chancellor George Osborne in the race to be the next Tory leader, according to new poll figures out today.

YouGov surveyed more than 1,000 Conservative party members for the Times newspaper, finding 43 per cent of members backed Boris to be the next Tory leader, compared to just 22 per cent supporting the chancellor.

Home secretary Theresa May was the third most-popular choice, on 19 per cent, while seven per cent of respondents backed business secretary Sajid Javid.

One per cent of party members polled said they wanted education secretary Nicky Morgan to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron as Tory leader.

The poll showed that Johnson's approval rating had benefited from his decision to back Brexit. YouGov asked party members who they supported for leader both before and after the mayor revealed that he wanted the UK to leave the EU.

Support for Johnson rose five points after his announcement, while Javid dropped by four points and May lost two points at Johnson's expense.

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