“There was an assumption at one stage that wasn’t going to happen, he wasn’t going to get through the first round, but there has been some momentum in his campaign, a lot of media interest in his campaign too, so he has done it. he is through to the next round.
“He goes now to the hustings, and will get more publicity, and there will be some TV coverage for this as well, in the way there hasn’t been in the first round, although Mr Johnson clearly in the lead, there is all to play for, I would suggest, for the second position.”
After the first vote, a second ballot for leader will take place next week, where MPs will need to secure 10 percent of the vote (a total of 33 MPs) to stay in the race.
The final pair of candidates will begin hustings events in front of paid-up Conservative Party members, before the final vote from members on July 22.
“Michael Gove is through with 37 votes, which I guess is ok, not great. Matt Hancock gets in with 20, Jeremy Hunt, comes second in this poll with 43 votes.
“So this battle between Mr Gove and Mr Hunt, many people think it is either going to be Mr Gove or Mr Hunt who are going to take on Mr Johnson in the final two, Mr Hunt has got a lead there.”
Mr Neil claimed support for Rory Stewart, who secured 19 votes, and scraped through to the next round, was an “interesting result”.
BBC presenter Andrew Neil claimed the number of votes Boris Johnson secured in the first ballot for the Conservative Party leadership was “as good a result as his people could have hoped for”. Mr Johnson received 114 votes in the first round in the Tory party leadership contest, achieving more than 70 votes over Jeremy Hunt, who was in second place with 43 votes. Speaking on BBC’s Politics Live, Mr Neil said: “There we have the results…the headline news is Boris Johnson way ahead in the first ballot of the Conservative Party with 114 votes.