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Top place: Boris Johnson celebrates his three-figure result in the first round of the Conservative leadership election (not really – it’s an old photo).

Many Labour supporters will be delighted at the result of the first vote in the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Boris Johnson took 114 of the 313 votes available, indicating that Tory MPs want to be led by a racist, sexist, jingoistic, warmongering buffoon who spaffs cash up the wall on pointless vanity projects (Garden Bridge, anyone?) and likes to fund foreign wars (Saudia Arabia v Yemen, for example).

Here’s how I reported the vote on Twitter:

This means both Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey are out, which may provoke accusations of sexism against the Tory MPs on this occasion.

Jeremy Hunt took second place – the man dubbed “continuity Theresa May” by some elements in the media. Of course, Theresa May is now widely considered to have been the worst prime minister since Lord North, who lost the UK’s colonies in America in the 18th century, so that’s no recommendation.

Michael Gove came in third. Did the controversy over his drugs hypocrisy have a bearing on that? If so, it may not last until the next round.

In This Writer’s opinion, the biggest threat to Jeremy Corbyn is Rory Stewart, who’s currently the person with the lowest supporter-base of those still in the contest.

Tory Rory hasn’t been tarred by close association with either the Cameron or May ministries – he’s not responsible for any of the appalling policies they enacted (although he certainly has voted for them).

And he has a manner that would appeal to the general public. He looks like he means what he says.

But what am I suggesting? He’ll never win!

This leader election is an extended suicide note to the UK electorate by the Conservative Party – the huge support for Boris Johnson makes this clear.

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