Boris Johnson resigns – live: Tory leadership race underway

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Kemi Badenoch joins Rishi Sunak, Suella Braverman and Tom Tugendhat in the race to succeed Boris Johnson

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The race for Tory leadership is in full swing as more contenders have started to announce their candidacy while others assess whether they have the support to take up a serious challenge.

The most notable MP to have submitted his bid so far is former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who posted a campaign video on Twitter.

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Kemi Badenoch is the latest to join the race – writing in The Times that she wants to “set us free by telling people the truth”.

In addition to Mr. Sunak, Tom Tugendhat has also officially launched a leadership offer. The former soldier wrote in The Daily Telegraph: “I have served before – in the military and now in Parliament. Now I hope to follow the call as prime minister again.”

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Attorney General Suella Braverman previously told ITV’s Robert Peston she would like to run – hours before Mr Johnson actually resigned.

However, Secretary of Defense and one of bookmakers’ early favorites Ben Wallace has announced he will not run.

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Arch-Brexiteer Steve Baker also said he was “seriously” considering running to become the next leader.

Meanwhile, senior Tories are putting increasing pressure on Mr Johnson to step down immediately and not wait for a new leader to be elected.

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Some MPs fear a summer of “chaos” if he stays at No. 10 while a leadership contest – which could last for weeks or even months – takes place.

However, at a cabinet meeting on Thursday (July 8), Mr Johnson told ministers he would not seek to implement any new directives during his remainder of his term in office.

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Last updated: Saturday 09 July 2022 13:07

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Kemi Badenoch announces tour offer

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Watch: Rishi Sunak launches leadership and PM offering with campaign video

Rishi Sunak wants to be Tory leader

Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak has officially announced that he is running as Tory leader.

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Mr Sunak opened the floodgates after he resigned alongside former Health Secretary Sajid Javid to oust Boris Johnson from office on Tuesday night.

In his official bid statement for leadership: “Let’s restore confidence, rebuild the economy and reunite the country.”

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Tom Tugendhat enters race for Tory leader

Tom Tugendhat has officially announced that he is running for party leader following Boris Johnson’s resignation.

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The MP was rumored to be preparing a bid for the leadership of Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling and has now confirmed this by becoming the first member to officially announce his bid.

In a statement on Twitter, he said, “This nation needs a clean start and a government that makes trust, service and an unrelenting focus on the cost of living crisis its guiding principle.”

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Education secretary says incoming PM should allow Johnsons to hold wedding reception at Checkers

James Cleverly said a new Prime Minister should let Boris and Carrie Johnson celebrate their wedding reception at Checkers, even if Mr Johnson has left by then.

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The new Education Secretary was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today program if Mr Johnson should still hold the July ceremony at the Prime Minister’s country house if it is in the hands of someone else by then.

“I think if that has happened by this point, I suspect it would be quite generous action by the new Prime Minister to allow that to happen.

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“Such private functions do not burden the public purse …

“I find it rude to be negative about two people who want to celebrate their marriage and their love for each other.”

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Labor will call a no-confidence vote in the Prime Minister if Tories don’t get rid of him immediately

Labor will call a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister if the Conservative Party doesn’t get rid of him immediately, Angela Rayner has said

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The Labor Deputy Leader told the BBC’s Today programme:

“We will if the Conservatives don’t get their act together and get rid of Boris Johnson, you know he has no faith in his own party.

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“He’s a proven liar who’s gotten into the dirt and we can’t have that for a few more months, you know.

“So they have to get rid of him and if they don’t we will call a vote of no confidence because it’s pretty clear – he doesn’t have the confidence of the House or the British public.”

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Major: ‘imprudent and untenable’ for Johnson to remain in office

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said it would be “unwise and possibly unsustainable” for Boris Johnson to remain in office while a new Tory leader is elected.

“In such circumstances, the Prime Minister retains the power of patronage and, more importantly, the power to make decisions that will impact the lives of people across all four nations of the United Kingdom and beyond.

“Some will argue that his new cabinet will hold him back. All I can say is that his previous cabinet did not – or could not – do that.”

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Sir John suggested that Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab could be acting Prime Minister until a new leader is elected.

Or he said Tory MPs could choose the new leader who would become Prime Minister, with party members then asked to support the decision.

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Sir John said: “None of these options is ideal, but the interests of the country must come first above all else and, in the face of so many long-term and critical issues, an imaginative response must be provided, even at the risk of feeling hurt within the party – is definitely in the national interest.”

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Dominic Raab and Michael Gove are ruling out leadership offers

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and former Leveling Up Secretary Michael Gove have confirmed they will not join the leadership race to replace Boris Johnson.

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After Mr Johnson’s resignation, all eyes turned to potential candidates to take over as Tory leader and Prime Minister.

Suella Braverman, Grant Shapps and Sajid Javid are believed to be considering starting a leadership bid.

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The current bookmakers’ favorite to succeed Mr Johnson is Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

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