Boris Johnson resigns – live: Tory leadership race underway

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Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt is the latest to make a bid to replace Boris Johnson

Penny Mordaunt has released her bid for the next Conservative Party leader, saying “our leadership needs to change”.

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She is the ninth MP to announce she is running to replace Boris Johnson.

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Grant Shapps and Nadhim Zahwai threw their hats in the ring for leadership of the Tory party on Saturday night (9 July).

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Former Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has also announced his own bid.

Mr Shapps has promised he will end “tactical government by an often distracted centre”.

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At the start of his campaign, Mr. Zahawi pledged to cut taxes on individuals, families and businesses, increase defense spending and continue the education reforms he started in his previous role.

Another notable MP making a bid 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”.

Nadhim Zahawi (left) and Grant Shapps (right) have made bids for the Tory leadership. Image: Getty Images

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: Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 10:33 am

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Penny Mordaunt announces leadership offer

Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt has announced that she is running as the next party leader and prime minister.

The Portsmouth North MP and International Trade Secretary announced her candidacy for the leadership on Sunday morning.

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In a video promoting her candidacy, she said: “Our leadership needs to change. It has to be less about the leader and much more about the ship.”

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Grant Shapps and Nadhim Zahawi are both submitting applications for leadership

Newly appointed Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has thrown his hat in for the Tory leader, joining his predecessor Rishi Sunak.

The former education secretary becomes the third incumbent government secretary to launch his campaign for leadership after Mr Shapps and Attorney General Suella Braverman declared their intentions.

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At the start of his campaign, Mr. Zahawi pledged to cut taxes on individuals, families and businesses, increase defense spending and continue the education reforms he started in his previous role.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has launched a Conservative Party leadership bid, saying he will end “the tactical government of an often-distracted centre”.

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Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace will NOT run for leadership

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Kemi Badenoch announces tour offer

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

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Rishi Sunak wants to be Tory leader

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

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

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In his official application 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.

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.

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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.

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

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“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.

“Such private functions do not burden the public purse …

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“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

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

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“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.

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

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“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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