July 22, 2019

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Tory leadership contest closes  

The waiting is almost over. Voting in the contest to become the next Conservative leader – and prime minister – ends at 17:00 BST today. Theresa May’s replacement will be announced on Tuesday and will take office after Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday. Arguments over Brexit are continuing, with Chancellor Philip Hammond telling the BBC on Sunday that he would resign if frontrunner Boris Johnson wins – in protest against Mr Johnson’s pledge to take the UK out of the EU by 31 October “do or die, come what may”. His rival Jeremy Hunt has ruled out the option of proroguing – suspending – Parliament to get a no-deal Brexit through, if necessary. Mr Johnson has not. Here we look at the two contenders’ lives and policies. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats announce their new leader today, with Jo Swinson and Sir Ed Davey in the running.

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Hong Kong protests
Armed mob storms train station  Forty-five people were injured in Hong Kong as dozens of masked men attacked passengers at a train station in the district of Yuen Long. It’s not known who the men, wearing white T-shirts, were, but they stormed the station as people were making their way home from a pro-democracy protest. Footage shows them beating up people on platforms and in train carriages. Hong Kong’s government has condemned their actions.

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