Tory leadership election tracker – Eight candidates remain in race for PM

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The race to win Boris JohnsonThe race for the position of Conservative leader is on, with eight candidates competing to win the support of Tory MPs. This will allow them to reach the final two shortlists that will be voted by party members.

The Eight people were nominatedTo be included on the ballot when Conservative MPs start voting on Wednesday. There are several rounds, and the final list is expected to be completed by July 21.

Here’s a list of MPs who publicly support which candidates:

Rishi Sunak, former chancellor, is the Conservative MP with the greatest support. YouGov pollPublished Wednesday, it suggested that party members would prefer Penny MordauntIn a run-off against any seven nominees, he was voted in as the international trade minister.

Mordaunt has also overtaken Sunak as bookmakers’ favourite and on the Betfair exchange.

The candidates

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak: The former chancellor, 42, is the favourite to be next prime minister. His first-mover advantage, a campaign launch video that was well-received and the support of many members of the party have made him the favourite. However, some Tories were unhappy with his economic strategy and have reacted negatively to his message about fiscal discipline.

Penny Mordaunt

Penny MordauntThe junior trade minister has been eyeing the Conservative leadership for many years. Her unique pitch, which combines her pro-Brexit credentials and social liberalism, draws on her Royal Navy experience. The 49-year-old’s low public profile has been countered by an effective operation to gain support among Conservative MPs.

Tom Tugendhat

Tom Tugendhat: the chair of the House of Commons’ foreign affairs select committee has no government experience, but has found favour on the left of the Conservative party with his pitch for a “clean break” from the Johnson era, playing on his military service. The 49-year-old’s hopes were boosted with endorsements from several senior pro-Brexit figures.

Liz Truss

Liz Truss: the foreign secretary’s pitch is based on two key strands: a clean break with the economic policies of the Johnson government and a focus on delivery based on her five cabinet roles. The 46-year-old’s focus on liberty and freedom imitates her heroine, Margaret Thatcher, and has found favour on the right flank of the party.

Nadhim Zahawi

Nadhim ZahawiThe chancellor, who was a favourite early in the contest, has struggled to gain momentum due to questions about his tax affairs and his central role in the fall Johnson. However, the 55-year-old believes that his pitch on economic transformation and socio mobility will be heard by many MPs.

Kemi Badenoch

Kemi BadenochThe former equalities minister is not well-known outside of Westminster, but she has emerged as the surprising outside choice due to her passionate pitch on social issues and endorsement by Michael Gove, ex-levelling up secretary. She also has the support of a number of younger MPs who were elected in 2017 and 2019.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy HuntThe former health secretary, who was the first to call for Johnson’s resignation as prime minister, wanted to join the Tory party from the left based on his government record. The 55-year old has had a slow start to his campaign, and is likely to lose momentum.

Suella Braverman

Suella Braverman: The Attorney-General has enjoyed a lot of support from the right-wing of Conservative party. Her reputation as the former head, European Research Group, of pro-Brexit MEPs and her promise to withdraw her country from the European Convention on Human Rights, have helped her gain much popularity. The 42-year old is unlikely to win support from moderate MPs.

It’s not enough to be in the running

Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid: the former health secretary’s third bid for the Tory leadership followed his decision to quit Johnson’s government on July 5, which started the chain of events that led to the prime minister’s departure. The 52-year-old’s support among MPs has dropped since his last run for office, and he was subsequently reelected. QuitBefore the first ballot.

Rehman Chishti

Rehman ChishtiThe former religious freedom tsar was the most surprising entry to the leadership contest due to his poor ministerial record, and the minimal support of MPs. The 43-year old withdrew before voting began.

Priti Patel

Priti Patel: Several socially conservative Tories backed her as home secretary prior to she Excluded from a bidThe leadership. If the 50-year-old had opted to enter the race late, she would have likely been in a fight with other established candidates for support from right-wing parties.

Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps: The surprise bid by the transport secretary for the leadership was based on his track record in government delivery and pledge to be a steady Prime Minister. The 53-year old failed to win much support from the MPs. Race was abandonedSunak was officially supported by Sunak on July 12.

How the leadership contest works

Additional work Mumena Choudhury, Veronika SamborskaAnd Kari-Ruth Pedersen

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