Sajid Javid is favourite to replace Theresa May, with Hunt, Raab and Boris lagging behind

Mail Online | 12/12/2018 | Simon Walters for the Daily Mail
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Home Secretary Sajid Javid is favourite with the Tory faithful to succeed Theresa May, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in second place – and Boris Johnson well down the field.

They are the findings of a Survation poll for the Mail conducted today after the vote of confidence in Mrs May's Conservative leadership was announced.

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According to the survey of Conservative councillors, Home Secretary Mr Javid is the Party's first choice to replace Mrs May.

He is followed by Mr Hunt and former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

Mr - Johnson - Mrs - May - Critic

Surprisingly, Mr Johnson, Mrs May's most prominent critic, trails in seventh place.

By contrast, Environment Michael Gove, who sabotaged fellow Brexiteer Johnson's 2016 leadership challenge in 2016, but has stayed loyal to Mrs May, is one place ahead of Johnson.

Councillors - Part - Poll - Leadership - Contenders

The 753 Conservative councillors who took part in the poll were asked to pick from 11 leadership contenders, listing them in order of preference.

The more top picks they received, the higher they were ranked and vice versa.

Survation - Poll - Guide - Outcome - Tory

The Survation poll is a key guide to the possible outcome of a Tory leadership contest.

MPs whittle the candidates down the final two, but the winner is decided by a vote of the Party's 100,000 plus members, which includes its 9,000 councillors.

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Nearly six in ten of those who took part in the survey voted in favour of Brexit in the referendum; four of ten voted Remain.

In spite of the respondents' pro Brexit views, outspoken Remainer, Work and Pensions Secretary Ms Rudd, restored to the Cabinet after losing her Home Office job over the Windrush immigration fiasco earlier this year, pipped both Johnson and Gove.

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The number one ranking for Javid comes after a series of reports that he is gearing up for a challenge if Mrs May falls.

The Home Secretary, who campaigned for Remain but has since said...
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