Fox out in Tory MP vote

Dr Liam Fox has become the second candidate to be eliminated in the Conservative leadership contest, leaving David Cameron and David Davis as the final two contenders.

As widely predicted, Mr Cameron topped the poll with 90 votes from his fellow MPs. Mr Davis secured 57 votes and Dr Fox got 51.

Former Chancellor Ken Clarke was eliminated in the first MPs ballot on Tuesday.

Mr Cameron and Mr Davis will now begin a series of nationwide hustings, before the 300,000 Tory party members participate in a postal ballot to decide who will replace Michael Howard as party leader.

The announcement of the new leader is expected to be made on December 6.


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