More than HALF of Tory members now want Boris Johnson to be the next party ...

More than HALF of Tory members now want Boris Johnson to be the next party leader as a new poll shows he is best placed contender to beat Jeremy Corbyn in a general election A ConservativeHome poll showed he had a record high backing from members Rory Stewart was a surprise second, ahead of Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt  A second poll by Ipsos MORI showed Mr Johnson is best placed to beat Labour

By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 11:00 BST, 13 June 2019 | Updated: 11:01 BST, 13 June 2019

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Boris Johnson is the runaway favourite to replace Theresa May according to a new poll of Tory members that astonishingly puts moderate Remainer Rory Stewart in second place. 

The former foreign secretary is backed by more than half of Conservatives as voting begins in the ballot to choose the next leader and prime minister, according to a survey by the ConservativeHome website.

While Mr Stewart has leapfrogged hardline Leavers like Dominic Raab and Michael Gove he remains miles behind with little more than 11 per cent of the vote.

It comes as a second survey by Ipsos MORI suggested that Mr Johnson is best placed to beat Jeremy Corbyn. 

Some 39 per cent of voters said the Tory front-runner would make a better

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