Latest news from the Tory leadership race: Truss, Mordaunt and Badenoch battle it out for second place in today’s vote


Watch: Boris Johnson’s government wins confidence with 349 votes

Tory MPs will vote again in the Tory leadership bid on Tuesday as the race for second place intensifies after the elimination of Tom Tugendhat.

Rishi Sunak remained the favorite with 115 votes, while Mr Tugendhat received just 31 votes from Tory MPs in the third round.

Penny Mordaunt, who last week created a significant lead over Liz Truss, saw the vote share plummet as she secured 82 votes to 71 for the Foreign Secretary, while Kemi Badenoch was bottom of the race with 58 votes.

Mr Tugendhat had yet to say publicly which side he could support, but Ms Mordaunt made an initial effort to court his support – tweeting that she had ‘looked up to’ him for years.

Meanwhile, Sky News has been forced to cancel the third and final televised debate, after favorites Mr Sunak and Ms Truss pulled out of the Tuesday night event amid reports of fears that the previous two debates have inflicted “incredible” damage on the Conservative Party.


Tory MPs will vote again as Truss, Mordaunt and Badenoch

Tory MPs will vote again today in the Tory leadership race as the race for second place heats up, with Rishi Sunak’s place in the bottom two looking largely secure.

Penny Mordaunt, who last week created a significant lead over Liz Truss, now faces a tough two days as she tries to build support among MPs after losing a vote in the third ballot on Monday night.

Despite signs of waning momentum, Ms Mordaunt still managed to fend off a challenge from Ms Truss, securing 82 votes to 71 for the Foreign Secretary in the last poll.

The vote left Kemi Badenoch the remaining candidate with the lowest vote share after backbench MP Tom Tugendhat was eliminated.


Boris Johnson claims he has kept ‘every promise’ as he is cheered by Tory MPs

Boris Johnson claimed he had ‘delivered on every promise’ as he defended his record at No 10 and persuaded the Tories to back the government in Monday’s confidence vote.

The outgoing Prime Minister attempted to polish his legacy, telling the Commons he had led ‘one of the most dynamic governments of modern times’, which had overcome ‘adversity on a scale we had not seen for centuries”.

Cheered by Tory MPs, Mr Johnson said his party would soon ‘unite in loyalty’ around a new leader – but also hinted he would soon speak out against the Tory rebels who are under him had been removed from office.

“We’re done with Brexit, and the joiners and the avengers found themselves plotting, planning and biding their time,” he said, before adding: “And I’ll have more to say about the events of the past weeks and months in due course.”

The Prime Minister highlighted his 2019 general election victory over Labour, saying the Tories had ‘sent the big blue ferret so far down their left trouser leg that they couldn’t move’, adding: ‘We won seats they never dreamed of losing”.


Boris Johnson left Tories in ‘deep shit’, warns former donor

Tory MPs voting for a new leader don’t understand what ‘deep shit’ Boris Johnson has left the party in, a former major Tory donor has warned (Andre Bécasse writing).

Hedge fund billionaire John Armitage blasted all of the candidates to succeed Mr Johnson as ‘elegant and superficial’ apart from Kemi Badenoch, who he said was ‘really first class’.

But he said he would wait to see how a new leader performed as prime minister before deciding whether to resume donations, which have totaled around £3million in recent years, including £500,000 under Mr Johnson.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4 world to onehe warned voters would not accept a new leader continuing Mr Johnson’s ‘boosterism’ in which attractive policies have been floated but ‘nothing is happening’.

And he denounced the emphasis put by Tory leadership candidates – with the exception of Rishi Sunak – on offering tax cuts.


Tom Tugendhat has yet to back a former leadership rival after pulling out of the race

Tom Tugendhat, who was knocked out of the race to replace Boris Johnson on Monday, has yet to say which candidate he will now support.

Running as the candidate to deliver a strong start to the Conservative Party, the backbench MP was widely seen to have performed well in the campaign and TV debates before being knocked out of the contest in the third round of voting Conservative MPs.

He received 31 votes – the lowest of the remaining candidates – on Monday.

Drawing on his military record and career as a backbench MP chairing the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr Tugendhat ran as a candidate untarnished by the scandals that plagued Mr. Johnson and his government.

Mr. Tugendhat, who served in the Army Intelligence Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan, has also repeatedly mocked his own frequent mentions of his time in the military.


Tory MPs back Boris Johnson’s government in confidence vote

Tory MPs resoundingly backed Boris Johnson’s government in a vote of confidence, despite an overwhelming party rebellion that saw him resign as Prime Minister earlier this month (Adam Forest writing).

Some 349 MPs voted to bolster Mr Johnson’s interim administration before a new Tory leader was chosen, with 238 mostly opposition MPs voting to bring down the government.

Monday night’s historic vote came amid a renewal from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP for the Prime Minister to resign immediately and hand over to a caretaker.

Had the government been overthrown, it would almost certainly have triggered a general election. But a Tory rebellion seemed unlikely, given that the party remains leaderless and in no condition to go to the polls.

The wave of Tory anger at Mr Johnson from early July has largely died down, as party MPs vie for Mr Johnson’s successor.


Raab says Labor has ‘no cajones’

Dominic Raab criticized Labor for having no “cajones”, citing Sir Keir Starmer’s comments that the motion would not lead directly to a general election.

The Deputy Prime Minister quoted the Labor leader, who had told the Commons earlier in the debate: “I know there have been rumors that this motion could lead directly to a general election. Unfortunately, this is completely absurd.

Mr Raab said: ‘It must be the first time in history that the leader of an opposition has pushed for a vote of no confidence, but has not spoken out and called for a general election.

“It is the Labor Party led by the Right Honorable Gentleman. All reviews, no cajones.


Watch: Boris Johnson’s government wins confidence with 349 votes

From the Commons a few minutes ago:

Conservative leadership: Boris Johnson’s government wins confidence with 349 votes


Result of the vote of no confidence

MPs backed a motion of confidence in Boris Johnson’s government by 349 votes to 238, majority 111.


Labor MP sends Rishi running

Labor MP Tulip Siddiq shared a funny – unverified – anecdote from the House of Commons shortly after Rishi Sunak won the third round of the Tory leadership race.

“I just bumped into Rishi in Parliament and asked him if he wanted a selfie and an endorsement from me. He ran away so fast,” she tweeted.

Ms Siddiq is Chief Economics Secretary to the Treasury.


Mordaunt shares hometown pride campaign video after finishing second in round three

Penny Mordaunt has released a new video playing on her Portsmouth heritage.

The former bookies favorite to be the next Prime Minister says she has lived in the Naval City all her life

“It’s a military town with a proud history. He’s patriotic, he’s passionate about football, he loves a pie and a pint and frankly, me too,” she said.

It’s a slick video that was probably prepared in advance, but its release minutes after Tom Tugendhat exited the race suggests Ms Mordaunt is aiming to cement her position as the top candidate for the British Army, a factor important attraction for the conservative members who will decide between the last two candidates.

Remember that Ben Wallace, the Secretary of Defense, was the favorite of Conservative members before refusing to run.


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