Boris Johnson latest news: Penny Mordaunt Tory members’ favourite to be PM, poll says

Scottish MPs thrown out of Commons for independence protest

Penny Mordaunt is the clear favourite for leader and next prime minister among Conservative members, according to a new YouGov poll.

Twenty-seven per cent of 879 members said they want the trade minister to lead their party. This is almost twice as much as Kemi Badenoch, who came in second place with 15 per cent.

Former chancellor Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss each received the approval of 13 per cent of the surveyed members.

Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, had the support of 8 per cent of members, while attorney-general Suella Braverman had just 5 per cent.

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt had the backing of 4 per cent, while just 1 per cent wanted chancellor Nadhim Zahawi as the next prime minister.

Meanwhile, prime minister Boris Johnson has said that he is “proud” of his leadership, while he is facing calls to leave Downing Street sooner than his expected departure date of 6 September.

During what is thought to be his penultimate Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) today, he said he will leave No 10 with his “head held high” after he was forced to quit last week.

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Poll showing Mourdant as favourite ‘could have limited effect’

A YouGov poll that has placed Penny Mourdant as Conservative Party members’ favourite to become prime minister could have a limited effect as the majority of Tory MPs have already voted today, our Whitehall Editor Kate Devlin has learned.

This is according to a member of the executive of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs.

A ballot vote is currently taking place with the result expected at about 5pm. About 300 of the 358 MPs have already cast their votes.

Trade minister Penny Mourdant

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Any of the eight leadership candidates with fewer than 30 votes will get eliminated, and the same process will take place tomorrow.

The ballot voting will take place until there are just two names left, before Conservative Party members vote for the MP to succeed Boris Johnson.

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No 10 denies running a ‘Stop Rishi’ campaign amid leadership contest

Boris Johnson’s political spokeswoman has denied the widespread belief that the prime minister is working behind the scenes to try to prevent the former chancellor Rishi Sunak from seizing the leadership crown, writes Rob Merrick.

Boris Johnson and his former chancellor Rishi Sunak

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Eyebrows were raised when Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg appeared outside the No 10 door to endorse Liz Truss – a leading ‘Stop Sunak’ candidate.

“We are not getting into leadership conversations. We are remaining neutral in this process,” the spokeswoman said.

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Boris Johnson will do PMQs next week, his spokeswoman says

Boris Johnson has sparked an expectation that he will skip next week’s prime minister’s questions – which would make today’s confrontation with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer his last, Rob Merrick writes.

The funeral of the assassinated former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is expected in the middle of next week.

Mr Johnson’s political spokeswoman said he had “no plans” to attend at present.

“As it stands, the prime minister will be doing prime minister’s questions next week,” the spokeswoman said.

Downing Street also revealed that Mr Johnson will leave No 10 on 6 September, one day after his successor is announced following a ballot of Tory members.

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YouGov: Mordaunt favourite among party members to become new PM

Penny Mordaunt is the clear favourite for leader and next prime minister among Conservative members, according to a new YouGov poll.

A survey of 879 members put Ms Mordaunt on 27 per cent – almost twice as much as second-placed Kemi Badenoch, on 15 per cent.

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss were each backed by 13 per cent of those questioned.

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Watch: Mordaunt says ‘I am the candidate that Labour fear the most’

Penny Mordaunt has claimed that she is the Tory leadership contender that “Labour fear most” – in dismissing claims that she is a lesser-known candidate than the other seven currently still in the race.

‘I am the candidate Labour fear the most’, Penny Mordaunt launches leadership bid

The trade minister launched her leadership campaign with a promise to return to traditional Conservative values of “low tax, small state and personal responsibility”.

At a launch event in London, she pledged to have a “relentless focus” on cost-of-living issues, cutting fuel duty and raising tax thresholds.

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Watch: PM says new leader could soon be appointed ‘by acclamation’

Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions session could be Boris Johnson’s last as a new leader could be appointed “by acclamation” next week, he said.

The session has been believed to be the penultimate one for the prime minister before parliamentary summer recess and his expected departure for No 10 in September.

But now he has said that it could be his last PMQs, hinting that the Tory leadership contest could be cut short.

Boris Johnson suggests new leader could be appointed ‘by acclamation’ next week

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Watch: Boris Johnson says he’s leaving No 10 ‘with head held high’

Boris Johnson has said that he is “proud” of his leadership, while he is facing calls to leave Downing Street sooner.

During what is thought to be his penultimate Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) today, he told MPs that he will leave No 10 with his “head held high” after he was forced to quit last week.

Boris Johnson says he leaves Downing Street with his ‘head held high’

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PM to stage ‘bizarre’ no-confidence vote in his government

Boris Johnson will stage a no-confidence in his own government in a move that Labour described as “bizarre” after its own no-confidence motion was rejected earlier this week.

The vote will take place on Monday, but only giving MPs the opportunity to express confidence in the government, not in Mr Johnson himself.

Read the full story here by Rob Merrick

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Watch: MPs chucked out of Commons for launching protest before PMQs

Scottish MPs thrown out of Commons for independence protest

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Two Alba Party MPs chucked out of Commons while PMQs started

Two MPs who attempted to protest for Scottish independence during PM Boris Johnson’s penultimate PMQs session have been thrown out of the Commons chamber.

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle chucked out the two Alba Party MPs –  Kenny MacAskill and Neale Hanvey – after repeatedly shouting at boisterous MPs to sit down and “shut up a minute”.

Read the developing story here by Kate Devlin

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