The race to succeed Boris Johnson as Conservative chief is underneath means, as six contenders compete for the backing of Tory MPs to make the ultimate shortlist of two that will likely be voted on by social gathering members.
Eight obtained the nominations required to be on the poll when Conservative MPs started voting on Wednesday. Several rounds are anticipated, with the shortlist on account of be finalised by July 21.
Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi had been eradicated within the first spherical of voting after failing to succeed in the edge of 30 MPs’ votes wanted to succeed in the second poll.
Here is a run down of which MPs publicly backed which contenders, forward of the primary poll on Wednesday:
While Rishi Sunak, the previous chancellor, has probably the most help amongst Conservative MPs, a YouGov ballot revealed on Wednesday instructed that social gathering members would favor Penny Mordaunt, the worldwide commerce minister, in a run-off in opposition to any of the seven different nominees.
Mordaunt has additionally overtaken Sunak as bookmakers’ favorite and on the Betfair alternate.
First spherical votes: 88
Rishi Sunak: the 42-year-old former chancellor has established himself because the favorite to be the subsequent prime minister, because of first-mover benefit, a slick marketing campaign launch video and the backing of many MPs from throughout the social gathering. But his message of fiscal self-discipline has proved unpopular with some Tories sad together with his financial technique.
First spherical votes: 67
Penny Mordaunt: the junior commerce minister has been eyeing up the Conservative management for a number of years with a singular pitch combining her pro-Brexit credentials with social liberalism, taking part in on her expertise within the Royal Navy. The 49-year-old’s low public profile has been countered by an efficient operation to achieve help amongst Conservative MPs.
First spherical votes: 50
Liz Truss: the overseas secretary’s pitch relies on two key strands: a clear break with the financial insurance policies of the Johnson authorities and a concentrate on supply based mostly on her 5 cupboard roles. The 46-year-old’s concentrate on liberty and freedom imitates her heroine, Margaret Thatcher, and has discovered favour on the fitting flank of the social gathering.
First spherical votes: 37
Tom Tugendhat: the chair of the House of Commons’ overseas affairs choose committee has no authorities expertise, however has discovered favour on the left of the Conservative social gathering together with his pitch for a “clean break” from the Johnson period, taking part in on his army service. The 49-year-old’s hopes had been boosted with endorsements from a number of senior pro-Brexit figures.
First spherical votes: 40
Kemi Badenoch: the previous equalities minister has a low profile exterior Westminster however has develop into the shock exterior selection within the race, because of her strident pitch on social points and the endorsement of ex-levelling up secretary Michael Gove. The 42-year-old has additionally discovered help from a spread of youthful MPs from the 2017 and 2019 intakes.
First spherical votes: 32
Suella Braverman: the attorney-general has discovered a lot favour with the rightwing of the Conservative social gathering, constructed on her repute as the previous head of the European Research Group of pro-Brexit MPs, together with her pledge to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. But the 42-year-old is prone to wrestle to achieve help from reasonable MPs.
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First spherical votes: 25
Nadhim Zahawi: the newly appointed chancellor was an early favorite within the contest however has struggled to achieve momentum, partly on account of his central function within the fall of Johnson and questions on his tax affairs. The 55-year-old hoped that his pitch based mostly on financial transformation and social mobility might nonetheless discover favour amongst a large unfold of MPs, however was eradicated after receiving 25 votes within the first poll.
First spherical votes: 18
Jeremy Hunt: the previous well being secretary was one of many first to declare that Johnson ought to step down as prime minister and hoped to pitch himself to the left of the Tory social gathering, based mostly on his document in authorities. But the 55-year-old has struggled to achieve momentum after a late launch to his marketing campaign. He was eradicated after receiving 18 votes within the first spherical of voting by MPs.
Sajid Javid: the previous well being secretary’s third bid for the Tory management adopted his choice to give up Johnson’s authorities on July 5, which began the chain of occasions that led to the prime minister’s departure. But help for the 52-year-old amongst MPs has waned since his final candidacy, and he give up earlier than the primary poll.
Rehman Chishti: the previous non secular freedom tsar had made probably the most shock entry to the management contest, given his lack of ministerial document and minimal help from MPs. The 43-year-old withdrew earlier than the primary poll.
Priti Patel: a number of socially conservative Tories backed the house secretary earlier than she dominated out a bid for the management. Had the 50-year-old opted to make a late entry into the race, she would have seemingly confronted a battle with different extra established candidates for help from the rightwing of the social gathering.
Grant Shapps: the transport secretary made a shock bid for the management, based mostly on his document of supply in authorities and pledging to be a gentle prime minister. But the 53-year-old struggled to achieve a lot help from MPs and dropped out of the race on July 12, endorsing Sunak.
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Additional work by Mumena Choudhury, Veronika Samborska and Kari-Ruth Pedersen