2 candidates battle for Britain's Tory leadership
June 17, 1997
Web posted at: 3:13 p.m. EDT (1913 GMT)
LONDON (CNN) -- Britain's Conservative Party eliminated one
candidate Tuesday to replace outgoing head John Major and
now faces a final vote on Thursday.
Tuesday's balloting knocked out third-place finisher John
Redwood, a former Welsh secretary, leaving former Chancellor
of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke and ex-Welsh secretary
still in the running.
Clarke unexpectedly topped the vote, wining 64 of the party's
164 votes to Hague's 62. Redwood took 38.
The main difference between the remaining two candidates is
their position on the single European currency. Hague has
pledged to stick by the British monetary unit, while Clarke
says the country should keep its options open.
Clarke claims that Hague has changed his position on the
"What he has defined during this campaign is what he now says
is a very clear view on the single currency, which is quite
different from the one he held a month ago. That apparently
is to be the one shibboleth you must pronounce as you enter
the camp," Clarke said.
Clarke is the favorite among local party chairmen, members of
the House of Lords and Tory members of the European
Parliament. Only members of parliament, however, can cast a
vote for the position.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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