Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the first round of voting in the Tory leadership contest

Thank you to my colleagues and friends in the Conservative Party who gave me their vote today. I look forward to continuing to share my positive vision and my plan for uniting the country #TeamSaj

Thanks so much for the fantastic support - terrific to have more votes from colleagues than I could have hoped for #letsmoveforward

Related: Full results of the Conservative leadership election - round 1

The dividing line between @Conservatives and Labour is our reputation for economic responsibility. I have written to all the leadership candidates asking them to pledge to keep our national debt falling every year. Read more:

The Conservative party has said there will be 16 hustings, in every part of the UK, once the parliamentary stage of the contest is over. It said:

There will be 16 leadership hustings hosted in every region and nation of the UK. The first hustings will take place in Birmingham on Saturday 22 June. The final hustings will take place in London in the week commencing 15 July. There will also be an opportunity for the public to question the final two candidates online during the hustings period.

Conservative party members should receive postal ballots between 6 and 8 July. The result of the ballot will be announced in the week commencing 22 July.

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