Eight out of eleven Tory MPs qualified to enter the race to be the leader of the

Conservative Party and the Prime Minister of the U.K., 

after securing the support of at least 20 of their colleagues by the time voting closed on Tuesday evening.

Rishi Sunak, 42, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, led the race, followed by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

Rishi Sunak, 42, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, led the race, followed by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

with candidates needing more than 30 MP votes to remain in the race.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr. Sunak defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson,

Eight candidates qualify in race to be next U.K. Prime Minister