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Matt Hancock is understood to be considering quitting the race to be the next Tory leader - and prime minister - as other contenders work out how best to take on frontrunner Boris Johnson.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the health secretary could make a decision within hours, after getting 20 votes in the first ballot of Tory MPs.

That put him in sixth place in the race, well behind Mr Johnson on 114.

The two contenders left after more MPs' ballots will go to a party-wide vote.


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