Self-interested Tory MPs battle for leadership on day they face EU election WIPEOUT

Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Environment Secretary Michael Gove are cancelling ministerial meetings to lobby MPs for votes. Mr Javid is having up to 10 meetings a day, a source told the Evening Standard. While Jeremy Hunt’s team has been emailing MPs to meet.

The Foreign Secretary has been holding the discussions next door to Prime Minister Theresa May’s office.

A Tory MP revealed to the paper the candidates have been charming party members since March.

The source described it is “like being on Take Me Out”.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is currently favourite to be the next party leader.

But the candidates have kept quiet on the EU elections.

Daniel Hannan MEP warned the Conservatives face a total wipeout and won’t win any seats in the election.

The Conservative politicians wrote on Twitter: “Thank you to everyone who voted for the Conservatives today.

“My sense, for what it’s worth, is that we are facing a total wipeout – zero MEPs.

“I just hope our next leader can get Brexit over the line.”

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party and Vince Cable’s Lib Dems appear to be firm favourites in the EU elections as voters protest against Mrs May’s handling of Brexit.

The UK will elect 73 MEPs, using a form of proportional representation called the D’Hondt system.

Results will not be announced until Sunday evening when the last polling station on the continent closes.

England is split into nine regions, with seats allocated based on population: South East England has 10 MEPs, London and North West England each have eight, East of England and the West Midlands each have seven, Yorkshire and the Humber and South West England have six each, the East Midlands has five and North East England has three.

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