COUNTY MP Sajid Javid has been eliminated from the Conservative Party leadership race after the latest round of voting on June 20.

Mr Javid came last, with 34 votes, behind Jeremy Hunt, on 59, Michael Gove, on 61 and Boris Johnson, who got 157 votes.

Bromsgrove MP Mr Javid, who was backed by the likes of Worcester MP Robin Walker and leader of the Scottish Tories Ruth Davidson, is now out of the race leaving just three candidates standing in the race to become the new Prime Minister.

The surprise from this round of voting is that Mr Gove has overtaken Mr Hunt, having been behind in the previous round of voting.

In a statement, Mr Javid said: "The remaining three candidates have earned their place in the final round and I wish them well in the weeks ahead.

"Whoever becomes Prime Minister, I urge my colleagues to get behind them as a team."

Mr Walker, who publicly backed Mr Javid, said he was sad to see him out of the race but would not be publicly endorsing anyone at the moment.

He said: "I think Sajid ran a very positive campaign and showed that we need to appeal to a wider range of people from our traditional supporters. "He is someone who offers a great deal to the party."

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted that a source in the Hunt camp had said: “Boris and Michael are great candidates but we have seen their personal psychodrama before - it’s time to offer the country someone the EU will actually talk to.”

After the result was confirmed, Mr Gove tweeted: “Absolutely delighted to come second in the latest ballot

“It’s all to play for in the final ballot this afternoon.

“If I make the final two I look forward to having a civilised debate of ideas about the future of our country.”