Jeremy Hunt wants to face Boris Johnson in the race to be the next PM after Michael Gove is out with Tory leadership.
Mr Gove was supported by 75 MPs – just two Mr Hunt's 77.
Mr Johnson, considered the favorite in the race, was backed by 1
He and Mr Hunt now compete in a run-off of the party's 160,000 or so members,
All 313 Conservative MPs voted – with one spoiled ballot recorded.
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On Twitter, Environment Secretary Mr Gove congratulated his rivals and said he was "Naturally disappointed but so proud of the campaign we ran."