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Tory leadership race reaches final two – what happens next?

Decision over who becomes next UK prime minister is now responsibility of Conservative party members

As of 4pm on Wednesday, five rounds of voting by Conservative MPs have produced a final two candidates for party leader, ready for the next stage. That process – and the choice of who becomes prime minister – will be down to Tory party members.

The party does not say how many members it has, with estimates varying between about 140,000 and 200,000. Every member gets a vote as long as they joined before 3 June this year, three months before the end of the ballot. People who are members of more than one party association get a single vote.

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