Who could replace Boris Johnson in the role of prime minister?
Penny Mordaunt has joined the race to become the next Tory leader, which a former Conservative minister has called it the “most unpredicatable leadership election” ever.
The international trade secretary joined eight other Conservative MPs in throwing her hat into the ring on Sunday.
Her contenders include Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, Nadhim Zahawi and Rishi Sunak.
“This is probably the most unpredictable leadership election in history,” veteran Tory MP David Davis said.
He added: “It’s also one of the most important because if we don’t get this right we are losing the next election and we’re going to be out of power for a long time.”
Meanwhile, the shadow home secretary called the Tory leadership race a “chaotic catwalk of contestants” as a growing number of MPs battle it out to replace Boris Johnson.
Brexit, tax cuts and transgender rights are among the issues the hopefuls have been setting out their positions on.
Another missing figure from Mordaunt’s new video
As our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn notices, the Oxford vaccine developer is also absent from Penny Mordaunt’s republished campaign video:
Zoe Tidman10 July 2022 16:01
Mordaunt posts new video after Paralympian complains
Penny Mordaunt has now tweeted out her campaign video without the Paralympics clip:
Zoe Tidman10 July 2022 15:40
Rishi Sunak ‘dirty dossier’?
The Conservative Party leadership race to succeed Boris Johnson has descended into acrimony, as MPs opposed to Rishi Sunak circulated a so-called “dirty dossier” designed to stop support building for his campaign.
The memo circulated on Tory WhatsApp group reportedly attacks the former chancellor personally, Adam Forrest reports:
Rishi Sunak ‘dirty dossier’ send around Tory WhatsApp groups
Attack memo circulated, as Johnson ally Zac Goldsmith condemns Sunak over environment
Zoe Tidman10 July 2022 15:06
Two more Tory MPs back Shapps
Grant Shapps has tweeted out more MPs who are backing him:
Zoe Tidman10 July 2022 14:47
Tory candidates tax plans branded ‘nuts’ by economic experts
Tax cutting has been branded “nuts” by top economic experts.
All the candidates to have entered the race bar Rishi Sunak have vowed to cut taxes in a bid to boost growth.
Responding to Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt’s plans to cut corporation tax to 15 per cent, Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation, said: “This is nuts. We’re talking £30bn odd. This is going to be one expensive leadership election.
“It’s not just nuts economics, it’s nuts politics. People in hospitals and schools are going to be overwhelmed by surging costs this autumn-winter. Saying, ‘Sorry we can’t help but we can cut corporate taxes by £30bn’, won’t last a week as a position. Labour won’t believe their luck.”
Paul Johnson, the head of the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS), said critics were “correct” to say cutting taxes does not “magically” boost growth.
The IFS expert warned that using the currently “tiny” fiscal headroom on tax cuts “almost certainly means big real terms cuts in public pay”.
He added: “An alternative of course is to borrow more. May be risky in highly inflationary environment.”
Adam Forrest10 July 2022 14:30
Starmer repeats call for election
Sir Keir Starmer has repeated his call for a general election.
“Britain needs a fresh start,” he said, sharing an article in which he makes the appeal:
Zoe Tidman10 July 2022 14:13
GB paralympian asks to be removed from Mordaunt video
A Team GB paralympian has asked to be removed from Penny Mordaunt’s leadership bid video:
Zoe Tidman10 July 2022 13:53
What are Tory leader candidates saying about Rwanda deportations?
Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt said he would back an expansion of the government’s policy of sending asylum seekers on one-way flights to Rwanda, Adam Forrest reports.
His Tory rivals Sajid Javid and Tom Tugendhat also vowed to push on with the plan to use the central African country to “offshore” migrants arriving by small boats.
Jeremy Hunt wants to expand Rwanda deportation plan
Top contender makes pitch to Tory right by saying he wants to ‘find other countries’ to accept migrants
Zoe Tidman10 July 2022 13:52
Oscar Pistorius in Mordaunt’s leadership video…
Some are pointing out Oscar Pistorius gets a showing in Penny Mordaunt’s leadership bid video:
Zoe Tidman10 July 2022 13:34
Work and pensions secretary backs Liz Truss
Meanwhile Therese Coffey said she would back Liz Truss to be the next Tory leader.
The work and pensions secretary tweeted this:
Ms Truss has not officially launched her leadership bid yet, with reports suggesting this could happen on Monday.
Zoe Tidman10 July 2022 13:27