The five remaining leadership faced off in BBC televised debate (Image: BBC)
Judi James, a body language analyst for MailOnline, deciphered the body language of the five remaining candidates for Tory leader. Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart find themselves in the third ballot of the race after the elimination of Dominic Raab. The candidates will require 33 votes from fellow MPs on today’s ballot and avoid finishing last to pass on to the fourth ballot tomorrow.
If more than two candidates remain a fifth ballot will be held later on Thursday.
Ms James noted Mr Stewart differed from his opponents: “As the other would-be next PMs sat legs-akimbo on their Westlife tribute-act stools it was Rory Stewart positioning himself as the daring outsider with his tie off and his feet placed firmly on the ground.
“He rocked, he sneered with a fully raised upper lip, and he laughed and shook his head as the others debated.
“At times his head even dropped forward as though he was in mourning for politics in general.
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Boris Johnson is the leading contender in the race to replace Theresa May (Image: BBC)
“His very different body language rituals made him look like a silent threat aimed at unnerving the others but it was a more confident Javid who appeared to play him at his own game, throwing a direct question at him towards the end that had Rory fast-blinking and even verbally swerving for a