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One More Tory Hopeful to Be Eliminated in the Race for No. 10

Conservative leadership candidates during Britain's Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate on July 17.

Conservative leadership candidates during Britain's Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate on July 17.

Photographer: Jonathan Hordle / ITV/Getty Images

Contenders for the Tory leadership will be whittled down to just four on Monday as MPs cast their votes in the third round of the contest to find a successor to Boris Johnson.

The remaining candidates were involved in series of bad-tempered exchanges in the latest TV debate - staged by ITV - on Sunday evening as the battle for a place in the run off ballot of party members became ever more bitter.