Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries back Liz Truss for PM
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The Tory leadership race is fully underway with candidates pitching themselves to the public and MPs in an attempt to garner support before tonight’s deadline. Each contender needs the backing of 20 MPs according to the rules set by the 1922 Committee this week. But who is backing who in the race to become the next Prime Minister?
A relative outsider in the race, the former levelling up and equalities minister has won the backing of Tory heavyweight Michael Gove and 15 others.
With a little more support could find herself on the MPs ballot for Number 10.
Kemi Badenoch’s backers:
Dr Caroline Johnson
The current Attorney General was among the first to announce her bid for leadership following Mr Johnson’s resignation, and has pitched herself as a no-nonsense, true blue Tory candidate.
Her pitch is failing to convince enough MPs however, and with a mere 12 backers, she’s unlikely to pass the initial voting round.
Suella Braverman’s backers:
Sir John Hayes
Sir Desmond Swayne
The lesser-known MP for Gillingham and Rainham launched his bid for Number 10 in a low-key fashion via a homemade video posted online last week.
Unsurprisingly, this attempt is yet to convince any of his fellow MPs and he has no declared backers.
The former Health Secretary is no stranger to Tory leadership bids, having gone up against Mr Johnson in the final round of the 2019 contest.
His support has dwindled somewhat since then, with 14 public backers so far.
Jeremy Hunt’s backers:
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The recently resigned Health Secretary has a modest backing from MPs, but it’s unlikely to be enough to push him over the line:
Sajid Javid’s backers:
Ms Mordaunt is currently the bookies favourite to win the premiership – but her numbers aren’t as impressive as Mr Sunak, even though she has well-known backers in the form of Michael Fabricant, Andrea Leadsom and David Davis.
Penny Mordaunt’s backers:
Sir Charles Walker
Mr Sunak has the most backers in the party and is the current frontrunner to take on the leadership role.
He has some big hitters behind him; Dominic Raab and Gavin Williamson have both backed him, and his short-lived fellow contender Grant Shapps has also offered his support.
Rishi Sunak’s backers:
Sir Robert Goodwill
The Foreign Secretary was one of the latest to throw her hat into the ring, and has amassed support from an impressive number of MPs, making it likely she will pass into the voting stage.
Liz Truss’ backers:
Tom Tugendhat is considered more centrist than the other candidates, which has won him support from like minded MPs in the party.
Tom Tugendhat’s backer’s
Anne Marie Morris
Sir Robert Syms
The recently appointed Chancellor has a fair level of support from MPs so far – but his flip-flopping support for Mr Johnson may have cost him the admiration he needs to be on the MPs ballot.
Nadhim Zahawi’s backers:
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