Theresa May will face Andrea Leadsom in a poll of Conservative members to decide the next Prime Minister

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Theresa May won the support of almost two-thirds of Conservative MPs in the latest ballot. (Source: Getty)

Home secretary Theresa May will face energy minister Andrea Leadsom in the final contest to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron.

Justice secretary Michael Gove was eliminated in a ballot of Conservative MPs today.

A date has yet to be set for the final vote, although the Tories have pledged to select a new leader by September 9.

The result shows overwhelming support among MPs for Theresa May, 199 of whom backed the home secretary, up from 165 in the last vote, and almost two-thirds of the MPs that voted.

Meanwhile, Leadsom gathered the support of 84 MPs, an improvement of 18 on the last round.

However, Gove saw his support actually fall, down from 48 to 46 MPs.

Tory backbencher Liam Fox was eliminated in the first vote on Tuesday, and work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb, who came fourth, also quit the race shortly after the results were announced.


Theresa May - 199

Andrea Leadsom - 84

Michael Gove - 46

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