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Portillo has strong parliamentary backing
Portillo has strong parliamentary backing

Despite coming top in first two votes Michael Portillo spectacularly crashed out of the leadership race, when Iain Duncan Smith beat him to second place in the final round of knock-out voting.

Portillo took 53 votes, Iain Duncan Smith took 54 and Ken Clarke won by a clear margin with 59 MPs giving him their backing.

Michael Portillo came top in the first ballot, taking 49 votes, he also came top in the re-match, taking on that occasion, 50 votes.

Iain Duncan Smith was then his nearest challenger picking up 42 votes, while Ken Clarke was hot on his heels with 39. David Davis remained in the contest after he beat Michael Ancram for fourth place by 18 votes to 17.

In the first attempt to hold the first round Iain Duncan Smith took 39 votes, Ken Clarke took 36 and Michael Ancram and David Davis both took 21 votes.

Those MPs (50) who declared their support for Portillo ahead of the final knockout round included: Michael Portillo, Peter Ainsworth, Gregory Barker, John Bercow, John Butterfill, David Cameron, Stephen Dorrell, Alan Duncan, Nigel Evans, Michael Fabricant, Mark Field, David Heathcoat-Amory, Howard Flight, Adrian Flook, Dr Liam Fox, Edward Garnier, Nick Gibb, Cheryl Gillan, Chris Grayling, Damian Green, Philip Hammond, Nick Hawkins, Mark Hoban, Robert Key, Julie Kirkbride, David Lidington, Peter Lilley, Tim Loughton, Andrew Mackay, Francis Maude, Theresa May, Andrew Murrison, Archie Norman, George Osborne, Richard Ottaway, Mark Prisk, Andrew Robathan, Hugh Robertson, David Ruffley, Keith Simpson, Nicholas Soames, Richard Spring, Gary Streeter, Hugo Swire, Robert Syms, Nigel Waterson, John Wilkinson, David Willetts, Tim Yeo.

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All five candidates head-to-head on Question Time
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Michael Portillo’s official campaign launch, June 2001
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Michael Portillo announces he will run, June 2001
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The former defence secretary wins Kensington and Chelsea by-election, November 1999
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Portillo reveals past homosexual experiences, September 1999
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