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The leadership race remains unpredictable as the third-place race tries to win the right of the party | Political news

Five candidates remain in the Conservative leadership race, which has now become even more unpredictable after the ouster of Suella Braverman.

Although the top three places remain unchanged, Liz Truss had another tough round of voting as she was unable to close the gap on Penny Mordon and instead found another right-wing challenger, Cammy Badenoch, chasing her lead.

Second round of voting It showed again that although Mr. Sunak is in the lead with the support of 101 MPs, Ms. Mordun has the most momentum. his 83 votes represent the largest interest. Ms Truss is fighting to close the gap, trailing Ms Mordont in 64 by about 20 votes. And now he has the added headache of Cammy Badenoch potentially cutting off any votes he might have hoped to garner from the party’s right.

Ms Truss faces two challenges in her bid to replace Mr Johnson. His performance so far raises the question of whether being Boris Johnson’s anointed successor is the kiss of death within a parliamentary party eager to break away from the past.

When I put this to him, the Foreign Secretary dodged the question, insisting that the change he would bring was about economic policy with a new tax cut plan.

As for why she did not resign, while dozens of other colleagues did, Ms Truss said it was because she was a “man of integrity”. “I am loyal to Boris Johnson, I supported the ambitions of our prime minister.”

It was a response that drew applause from Johnson loyalists in the room, such as Culture Secretary Nadine Dorris and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

But how the cards fall in the coming days is still so unpredictable.

Supporters of Liz Truss argue that the second round will always be a challenge. given that there are three candidates left on the right, and supporters of Nadhim Zahavi and Jeremy Hunt, who were both eliminated in the first round, are unlikely to break Ms Truss.

“This was always going to be a difficult phase for Liz. There wasn’t a very big pool to fish in there,” said Simon Clarke, chief secretary to the Treasury and campaign supporter.

But the second challenge he now faces is Ms Badenoch’s rise to the right of the party. Ms Truss could move on or even finish fourth depending on what happens next.

Political center. The final five candidates in the Tory leadership race have been announced

Nevertheless, after its elimination, Suella Braverman has voiced her support for Liz Truss. And her campaign manager and prominent ERG figure Steve Baker also said he was now backing the foreign secretary.

“Suella has my full loyalty. Whatever he decides I will support,” Mr Baker said.

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Beth Rigby asks Liz Truss if backing Boris Johnson ‘is the kiss of death’

Ms Badenoch is still very much in contention as a right-wing candidate, picking up 49 votes in the second round and now in fourth place behind Ms Truss.

The Foreign Secretary’s team will no doubt warn the right that a split vote could allow Ms Mordaunt to cross the middle in the hope that the prospect of a Sunak/Mordaunt run-off will strike a deal.

But can Ms Truss – remember she voted to remain in 2016 – convince the hard Brexiteer wing of Braverman’s supporters to move to her in the third round? So far, ERG’s Brexiteers group has split its support between Ms Braverman and Ms Truss.

So we go into the weekend with Mr Sunak still in the lead and Ms Mordunt with the most momentum as Ms Truss and Ms Badenoch push out support on the right side of the party.

Mr Sunak is still chasing the magic number 120 to guarantee his place in the final two, while Ms Mordon will want to keep the momentum going, hoping the televised debates can further shine a light on her rising star. And as for Ms. Truss, she has a chance to close that gap, if only she can strengthen the right.

Sky News is hosting a live televised debate with the candidates for the next Conservative Party leader, and therefore Prime Minister, and you can be in the virtual audience.

The debate will take place on Tuesday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m.

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The leadership race remains unpredictable as the third-place race tries to win the right of the party | Political news

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