Conservative leadership race latest: Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt lead race as knocked-out Suella Braverman backs Liz Truss

Conservative leadership race latest: Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt lead race as knocked-out Suella Braverman backs Liz Truss

Josh Salisbury and Elly Blake

Thu, 14 July 2022 at 7:55 pm

Suella Braverman has crashed out of the Conservative leadership race as she gained fewest votes in the second ballot of Tory MPs.

It leaves five candidates in the contest to replace Boris Johnson: Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt, Tom Tugendhat, and Kemi Badenoch.

Like Attorney General Braverman, Mr Tugendhat saw his vote drop but he managed to scrape through to the next stage.

Mr Sunak got 101 votes, Ms Mordaunt 83, Ms Truss 64, Ms Badenoch 49 and Mr Tugendhat 32.

Asked who she is backing in the contest, Ms Braverman told Sky News: “I’m not going to give an answer right now. I’m considering all of the options.”

However sources close to the Attorney General were later reported to have said that Ms Braverman will come out in support for Ms Truss.

Earlier Ms Truss, speaking in central London, used her campaign launch to stress her credentials to become prime minister, pledging that she would be ready from “day one”.

Nadhim Zahawi and Jeremy Hunt were eliminated from the contest on Wednesday night, with Mr Hunt throwing his support behind Rishi Sunak.

Suella Braverman to back Liz Truss, it is understood

19:59 , Elly Blake

Suella Braverman will come out in support for Liz Truss after failing to make the next stage in the race to replace Boris Johnson, sources close to the Attorney General told the PA news agency.

Following the news, leadership hopeful Kemi Badenoch said she was “disappointed”.

Ms Badenoch told LBC: “I am disappointed. Suella and I are friends, I’m friends with Tom Tugendhat as well, Rishi and Liz were my senior ministers, so it’s all very close to home.

“We’re all friends, so every time someone supports one person there’s another person that’s been let down. But I’m in it to win it.

“I know people want to support the person that they think is most likely to give them a job, or who has been there the longest, that’s the easy thing to do, the tough thing to do is to take a risk and try something different.”

Tom Tugendhat suggests he would scrap policy of privatising C4

19:50 , Elly Blake

Senior Tory Tom Tugendhat suggested he would scrap the policy of privatising Channel 4 if he won the leadership contest.

He told LBC radio: “I don’t think it’s a good idea, there are many other priorities.”

Mr Tugendhat also said he would not scrap the BBC licence fee.

Plans to tackle gambling industry ‘put on hold’ due to tory leadership contest

18:54 , John Dunne

A government white paper setting out plans to tackle problems in the gambling industry has been stalled due to the Conservative leadership election.

Despite the plans being ready to publish they will not go ahead while Boris Johnson is only in post as an effective caretaker prime minister. The government indicated that it was still committed to the plans but they would not be taken forward until after the summer recess.

Kemi Badenoch thanks supporters after she wins through again

18:07 , John Dunne

Tory leadership contender Kemi Badenoch has thanked her supporters after making it into the next round of the battle to be tory leader.

She said: “I am delighted that a growing number of my colleagues have faith in my vision for a return to honest politics and conservative principles. Thank you for your support.”

“Now is the time for change and I am looking forward to continuing to make that case in the TV debates.”

Suella Braverman ‘disagrees’ with Penny Mordaunt on some trans rights issues

17:27 , Elly Blake

Suella Braverman has added to her criticism of Penny Mordaunt on trans rights issues and on whether she is an “authentic Brexiteer”.

The Attorney General insisted she has “personal friendships with all of the candidates” but told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme: “They all have their pros and cons, I’m going to have to weigh everything up – ultimately I was the only authentic Brexiteer, the party has turned me down, I’m going to have to find someone who comes close to what my policy platform was.”

Told that Ms Mordaunt long supported Brexit, Ms Braverman said: “No, I disagree because I was the only candidate who actually took a stance on Theresa May’s deal.”

Ms Braverman added: “My perception of Penny is she takes a different view to me when it comes to gender ideology and the position of trans, for example, I think she said a trans women is woman, I disagree with that.”

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