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London politics latest LIVE: Leadership race hots up as Sunak vows to ‘restore trust’ after Johnson ousted

London politics latest LIVE: Leadership race hots up as Sunak vows to ‘restore trust’ after Johnson ousted

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en Wallace has pulled out of the Tory leadership race to replace Boris Johnson.

In a statement released on Twitter, the Defence Secretary said he discussed a potential bid with his family but will instead, focus on his current job.

Rishi Sunak, who resigned as Chancellor, announced his leadership bid on Friday afternoon, claiming he intends to “restore trust” following the resignation of Mr Johnson, adding: “I want to lead this country in the right direction.”

He has been endorsed by former party chair, Oliver Dowden and Commons leader, Mark Spencer.

Chair of the foreign affairs select committee, Tom Tugendhat has announced a leadership bid, while former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch laid out her bid in The Times. Attorney general, Suella Braverman has also thrown her hat in the ring to be Prime Minister.

On Monday, elections will take place to the executive of the backbench 1922 Committee which will then set out the rules and timetable for the leadership contest.

Live updates

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Rishi Sunak ‘overwhelmed’ by support

Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been “overwhelmed” by support he has received since announcing his bid for leadership.

On Saturday he said: “ I’ve been truly overwhelmed by the support and so grateful for the thousands of people who have signed up to join the campaign. Together we will restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite the country.”

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Andrea Jenkyns: ‘I should have shown more composure’

Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, who made a rude gesture at a crowd outside Downing Street on the day Boris Johnson resigned as prime minister, has explained why she did it.

She said the mob were “insulting MPs” and she has received “huge amounts of abuse” over the years.

Read her full statement:

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Ben Wallace out of race

Ben Wallace will not be running for the role of prime minister.

He said it “has not been an easy choice to make”.

In a twet posted on Saturday, the Defence Secretary wrote: “After careful consideration and discussing with colleagues and family, I have taken the decision not to enter the contest for leadership of the Conservative Party. I am very grateful to all my parliamentary colleagues and wider members who have pledged support.”

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Jake Berry pulls out of race

Northern Research Grou chair, Jake Berry has officially pulled out of the race to become the next Tory leader.

He said: “Whilst flattered to be asked by colleagues to throw my hat into the ring I believe my job and the role of the NRG during the leadership election will be to ensure our core pledge to level up, is not ignored.”

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Suella Braverman: ‘Get rid of woke rubbish’

Candidate Suella Braverman has listed what she believes should be first priorities for the next prime minister.

Speaking to ITV’s Robert Peston, she mentioned tax cuts, cutting government spending and solving the migrant crisis among other issues.

She also said: “We need to get rid of all this woke rubbish and actually get back to a country where describing a man a woman in terms of biology does not mean you’re going to lose your job.”

Watch here:

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Committee could settle on two names by July 20

The 1922 Committee will look to whittle down the list of candidates to two names by July 20, one of its members said on Saturday.

Conservative lawmakers will hold a series of votes to reduce the field to two final candidates, who will then face a postal ballot of the wider Tory membership.

Treasurer 1922 Committee Geoffrey Clifton-Brown told Times Radio: “I think that we will be able to frame a process to actually come up with two names by the time parliament goes down on the 20th of July.

“We should have an answer by the time of the party conference in October and maybe before that.”

The committee will set out the exact rules and timetable for the contest next week.

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A recap

Here are the four candidates who have already announced their bid for leadership:

Former Chancellor, Rishi Sunak

Attorney general, Suella Braverman

Chair of the foreign affairs select committee, Tom Tugendhat

Former equalities minister, Kemi Badenoch

Read more here.

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Andrea Jenkyns should ‘explain’ rude gesture

Commons Leader Mark Spencer said Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns needs to “justify” a rude gesture she directed to a crowd outside Downing Street.

Ms Jenkyns appeared to make a rude sign with her hand as she walked through the black gates ahead of Boris Johnson’s resignation speech.

Mr Spencer told BBC Breakfast: ““I mean, Andrea will have to… justify that for herself. But I do understand emotions were running pretty high and they were pretty raw on that day. But I don’t think that was the right thing to do at all.”

Read more here.

Andrea Jenkyns

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Tom Tugendhat pitches to Scottish Tory members

Tory leadership candidate Tom Tugendhat has made his first pitch to Scottish Tory members.

Mr Tugendhat is thought to have support among Scottish Tory MSPs, with chief whip Stephen Kerr and North East representative Douglas Lumsden having publicly declared their desire to see him take over.

Writing in the Times on Saturday, Mr Tugendhat said the party is the only one that voters can “trust to unequivocally stand up for the union and Scotland’s role within it”.

“If we are to defeat Labour and the SNP-Green coalition, our party will need a fresh start under serious and tested leadership.

“A clean slate is an opportunity to restore this integrity to our politics.”

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In case you missed it

Rishi Sunak, who resigned as Chancellor, has posted a slick campaign video online as he announced his leadership bid.

The video posted to Twitter on Friday afternoon, delves into his family history and emigration to Britain.

In case you missed it, watch below:

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