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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in Kent for Tory leadership race

By Paul Francis

The battle to become the next Conservative leader and Prime Minister will come to Kent later with hundreds of party members attending the latest in a series of hustings.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will be quizzed by party members from across the county as the campaign winds up.

The two contenders will get the chance to set out their vision for the party and country and Brexit is guaranteed to be a talking point.

Scroll down to listen to our polictical editor Paul Francis talk about the contest

The battle to become the next Prime Minister is heating up
The battle to become the next Prime Minister is heating up

Boris Johnson remains the firm favourite to succeed Theresa May according to the polls and enjoys the support of most of the county’s MPs.

The exceptions are North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale and Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark. The pair are backing Jeremy Hunt.

The hustings in Maidstone follow the first and only head-to-head televised debate on Tuesday which saw the rivals trade blows over Brexit and questioned each other’s suitability to run the country.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will be in the county later
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will be in the county later

Boris Johnson is making his second campaign visit to the county but Jeremy Hunt has not - until today - ventured into what is arguably a key battleground.

Many party members are thought to have voted already as ballot papers were sent out last week.

The result is expected to be announced on July 23.

Head to our politics page for expert analysis and all the latest news from your politicians and councils.

How is Brexit going to affect Kent? For all the latest news, views and analysis visit our dedicated page here.

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