WORCESTERSHIRE MP took part Sajid Javid in a televised debate on the battle to become the country's next Prime Minister.

The Conservative MP learned he had made it through to the next round just hours before the debate shown on BBC 1 last night.

City MP Robin Walker has backed the candidate who picked up 33 votes in the latest round, but the Home Secretary is in danger of dropping out of the contest when the result of the next round is announced this evening.

Boris Johnson came top of the ballot yet again, ahead of Mr Javid's other challengers Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Rory Stewart.

During Tuesday's TV debate, Mr Javid appeared to secure a commitment from the other candidates that they would approve an independent inquiry into Islamaphobia.

But the candidates disagreed on whether and how the UK could leave the EU by October 31.

The verdict from many including political commentators on social media was that there was no clear winner but Mr Javid did pick up some support from presenter and columnist Piers Morgan who tweeted: "MY VERDICT:

Boris awful, Rory disappointing, Jeremy blah, Michael dull, Sajid OK."

Mr Walker also tweeted: "Not the most edifying debate and all those decrying the format of the Channel 4 debate before it happened must now recognise it gave candidates a better chance to set out their stalls but the one candidate most focused on policy rather than attacking personalities was Sajid Javid."