Tom Tugendhat’s supporters should back Penny Mordaunt, suggests ally

Denying that Rishi Sunak had stabbed Boris Johnson in the back by resigning from the Cabinet last week, Richard Holden, a Red Wall Tory MP, defended the former chancellor’s decision to withdraw support from the Prime Minister.

He also rejected that there were any questions about Mr Sunak’s integrity.

“He’s been very upfront throughout this entire situation. He’s backed the Prime Minister all the ways through the last couple of years, through some really difficult decisions over Covid,” Mr Holden said.

He also played down some suggestions, informed by polling, that Mr Sunak is deeply unpopular with Tory party members, compared to other lesser known candidates.

“I think it’s very easy to project whatever you like on somebody who you don’t know that well.”

“Over time, things develop and you start to think of what’s realistic, what’s in the good of the country. “

He continued: “I think he really will start to connect and hopefully we can move away and offer a positive vision rather than this Conservative-on-Conservative attacks, which I really don’t like.”

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