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London politics live: Penny Mordaunt enters leadership race as Shapps pledges to ‘better Britain’


Enny Mordaunt has announced his leadership bid and is now the ninth candidate to hope to replace Boris Johnson.

Ms Mordaunt launched her bid by promising ‘our leadership must change’ while Grant Shapps insisted he could ‘make Britain better’ in an interview with Sky News – he announced his own bid on Saturday.

Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid announced their own leadership bids on Saturday, with both pledging to lower corporation tax.

Earlier, newly appointed Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi also threw his hat in the ring, joining Rishi Sunak, Suella Braverman, Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to announce her own offer on Monday, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Ben Wallace, who was seen as a potential frontrunner for the race, stepped down on Saturday to focus on his role as defense secretary.

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Jeremy Hunt: I would continue with Northern Ireland protocol legislation

The Tory leadership candidate said the government’s legal opinion on the bill allowing ministers to override parts of the post-Brexit treaty is that it ‘does not break the law’.

He told LBC: “Northern Ireland protocol needs to change and that is why I supported this bill.

“I would hope that with someone who was not Boris Johnson in Number 10, the mood music to our relationship with the EU would change and we could legally negotiate appropriate changes to protocol.

“I think we need to be very clear with the EU that no UK Prime Minister could allow a situation where we don’t have an internal market, where companies in England can export freely to companies in ‘North Ireland.”

On HS2 he said he would “continue”.

Jeremy Hunt has said he will not abandon HS2 and will continue with controversial Northern Ireland Protocol legislation.


Therese Coffey supports Liz Truss

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has publicly backed Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to be the UK’s next Prime Minister.

Although Ms Truss has yet to announce her leadership campaign, Ms Coffey said her fellow Cabinet minister had the ability to ‘unite the red and blue wall’.

“We need a leader who can unite the red and blue walls, who has a clear vision for the country and the economy, and who has the skills and experience to make the right tough decisions,” he said. she added.


Hunt, Javid: No vote on Scottish independence for another decade

Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid said on Sunday it would be at least 10 years before another Scottish independence referendum was held.

It runs counter to the Scottish Government’s timetable which would see Scots go to the polls on the issue next October.

When asked on the BBC’s Sunday morning show if he would allow another referendum, Jeremy Hunt replied: “Not in the next 10 years.”

Mr Javid, answering the same question in a later interview, said: ‘The last one was for one generation and the generation hasn’t changed, so no.’

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Michael Maker supports Penny Mordaunt

Tory MP Michael Fabricator has backed Penny Mordaunt as the next Tory leader.

The MP for Lichfield said: ‘I have known Penny since she became an MP 12 years ago and as the government’s matching whip – who organizes who can be absent from the vote and when – I I was able to help him with his Royal Navy commission. .

“She is feisty, full of fun and, like me, although socially liberal, a staunch Brexit supporter who strongly believes in UK sovereignty and independence.”

Meanwhile, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has said she will back Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to be the next Tory leader.


Keir Starmer: “Zombie government” with a “crouching” Prime Minister

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said Britain had a “zombie government led by a Prime Minister squatting Downing Street”.

He wrote in the Sunday Mirror: “Changing the person at the top of the Tories is not going to clean up the rotten culture of their whole party.

“Only by eliminating them will Britain get the fresh start it needs. That’s why we need a general election now. My message to the Tories is simple: go for it.


Sajid Javid’s tax cut plans would cost £39billion

Sajid Javid said his plans to cut taxes would cost around £39billion a year, but that did not include cutting fuel taxes further in the short term.

The Tory leadership candidate said he doesn’t ‘believe in unfunded tax cuts’, adding: ‘I will be presenting a scorecard over the next few days which will show exactly how all of this we have funded sustainably “.

He said he believed that in the current budgetary situation the country could afford to abandon the National Insurance hike while funding the promised boost for the NHS and social care.

The Conservative leadership of candidates Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid

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Sajid Javid hadn’t planned to quit with Rishi Sunak

Conservative leadership candidate Sajid Javid said he and former chancellor Rishi Sunak disagreed to send their ministerial resignation letters at the same time.

Asked about the timing of the two BBC Sunday morning resignations, Mr Javid replied: “Not at all. I had no idea what he was going to do. I can understand what he did because I read his letter afterwards, but not at all.

“It was a decision I made, no one had – even the closest advisers in my department – no one had any idea I was going to do it and it wasn’t a question of leadership. or whatever.”


Jeremy Hunt the most “experienced” of the contest

Former Tory cabinet minister Jeremy Hunt has come forward as the most “experienced” hand in party leadership content.

Mr Hunt told the BBC Sunday Morning: “The two biggest challenges we face as a country are the international crisis in Ukraine and an economy on the brink of recession. I am the experienced Minister of Foreign Affairs who is also an entrepreneur who will kick-start the economy.

On whether he would offer tax cuts to struggling families, Mr Hunt said: ‘No Tory should be offering unfunded tax cuts. I don’t think any Conservative should raise taxes either. What you need are smart tax cuts that will grow the economy.


Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘sorry’ Ben Wallace out of the running

Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was “sorry” that Ben Wallace withdrew from the leadership race.

The Minister for Brexit Opportunities told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday that he was not planning to stand in the leadership race.

He said: ‘We need someone who will be clear on their principles, who will have no baggage…and who can win both with the Conservative Party as a whole and in a general election, which is not just the party’s interest but in the national interest.

“We don’t have all the names yet, we have to wait and see what all the names are.”

Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg

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Work: “Chaotic scrolling of competitors”

Labour’s Yvette Cooper said Tory leadership candidates continued to champion Boris Johnson as caretaker prime minister and were part of a “catalogue of failures”.

The shadow Home Secretary told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that there had been a ‘chaotic parade of candidates who stood up for Boris Johnson’ who are also ‘part of 12 years of government failing curator”.

She said ‘no one is convinced Boris Johnson will do what is right for the country’ and that candidates should back him to leave the job now, ‘before he does more damage’.

yvette cooper

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