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Boris Johnson will today appeal to his warring party to unite behind him after an extraordinary attempt by one of his own MPs to prevent him becoming Prime Minister.
Barring a last-minute shock, Mr Johnson is set to be named as the Conservative Party's new leader this morning following a six-week contest that has been dominated by Brexit.
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Sources in Mr Johnson's camp last night predicted he would secure more than 60 per cent of the vote, giving him a 'free hand' to sack his enemies and steer the Tories on a new course.
He has planned a short acceptance speech in which he will repeat his campaign pledge to take Britain out of the EU on October 31, with or without a deal, and urge his party to turn its guns on Jeremy Corbyn.
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But he is also expected to make an appeal for party unity following a fractious campaign which has seen Tory Remainers vow to bring down his government if he tries to pursue a No Deal exit.
Yesterday, Mr Johnson's former deputy Alan Duncan dramatically quit as Foreign Office minister in an apparent bid to prevent him becoming PM.
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Sir Alan, a long-time critic of Mr Johnson, invoked the Queen as he attempted to force a confidence vote in the Commons today – but the move was ruled out by the Speaker John Bercow.
International development secretary Rory Stewart also informed Mr Johnson yesterday that he would be resigning from the Cabinet before he takes power, following the lead set by Philip Hammond and justice secretary David Gauke.
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Mr Stewart last night indicated he would join the band of Remainer rebels on the Tory backbenches, saying: 'There is a majority of two, and I have at least three friends.'
In all, up to a dozen ministers are expected to jump ship in...
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