Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Il ministro del Commercio Penny Mordaunt e il ministro degli Esteri Liz Truss si contenderanno un posto al ballottaggio finale insieme a Rishi Sunak nella gara per diventare leader dei conservatori e prossimo primo ministro del Regno Unito.
Nell’ultimo scrutinio dei parlamentari Tory di martedì, l’ex Cancelliere dello Scacchiere ha ottenuto 118 voti – avvicinandosi alla soglia chiave di 120 necessaria per ottenere un posto negli ultimi due. Mordaunt ha ottenuto 92 voti e Truss 86.
L’ex ministro delle Pari Opportunità Kemi Badenoch è stata eliminata e la ridistribuzione dei suoi 59 voti sarà determinante per stabilire come si svolgeranno gli eventi.
I legislatori conservatori voteranno per l’ultima volta mercoledì per restringere il campo a due, mentre i membri Tory di base prenderanno la decisione finale durante l’estate
Il risultato dipenderà probabilmente dalla reazione dei sostenitori di Badenoch: Truss è probabilmente la più naturale per loro – anche se molti fattori sono in gioco – e ha una reale possibilità di superare Mordaunt nel ballottaggio finale.
Il risultato di martedì ha riservato una sorpresa, dato che ci si aspettava che la maggior parte dei sostenitori di Tom Tugendhat – considerato il candidato più centrista, eliminato lunedì – si spostasse su Sunak. In realtà, il sostegno dell’ex cancelliere è aumentato di soli tre voti.
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(Bloomberg) — Trade minister Penny Mordaunt and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will battle for a place in the final runoff alongside Rishi Sunak in the contest to be Conservative leader and the UK’s next prime minister.
In the latest ballot of Tory MPs Tuesday, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer won 118 votes — closing in on the key threshold of 120 needed to clinch a spot in the final two. Mordaunt had 92 votes and Truss 86. Former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch was eliminated, and the redistribution of her 59 votes will be pivotal in determining how events play out.
Conservative lawmakers will vote for a last time on Wednesday to narrow the field to two, with grassroots Tory members making the final decision over the summer. The winner will be announced Sept. 5.
While Truss will be disappointed to trail Mordaunt for a fourth round of voting after lackluster performances in televised debates over the past week, she’ll be heartened by gaining 15 extra votes to her rival’s 10 in the latest tally.
The outcome is likely to depend on how Badenoch backers react: Truss is arguably a more natural fit for them — though many factors are at play — giving her a real chance of overtaking Mordaunt in the final ballot.
Tuesday’s result did throw up a surprise, given most supporters of Tom Tugendhat — considered the most centrist candidate who was knocked out on Monday — had been expected to move to Sunak. In fact, the former chancellor’s support rose by only three votes.
Instead, it was Mordaunt and Truss whose numbers changed the most. That might be a disappointment for Sunak to have not gained more support, but it also raises the question of whether there was some tactical voting.
Despite holding a commanding lead and winning every ballot of Tory MPs, Sunak’s real challenge may still lie ahead. Just before Tuesday’s result, a new poll published by YouGov showed he would lose out to both Mordaunt and Truss in the final ballot of grassroots members.
If he makes the last pair as expected, he will have six weeks of touring the country to turn that situation around.
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The contest has been hostile, triggering warnings from Tory grandees that the so-called blue-on-blue attacks are damaging the party’s standing with the wider electorate. Sky News was forced to cancel a televised debate planned for Tuesday, saying Sunak and Truss had pulled out.
Both Sunak and Mordaunt have been especially targeted. Despite sitting in cabinet with Sunak, Truss accused the former chancellor of choking off growth.
Mordaunt has even faced criticism from her boss, Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who accused the junior minister of spending some of her time over the last few months preparing her leadership campaign, and of being absent when needed to do departmental work.
The trade minister now faces a real battle to hold onto second. Many Westminster watchers expected a final two of Sunak and Truss, and the foreign secretary has made no secret over the years of her ambition to hold the top job in British politics.
Mordaunt’s rise, however, has gone more under the radar.
Both of their hopes will now depend on the next 24 hours spent wooing backers of the ousted Badenoch. Supporters of both Truss and Mordaunt were quick to praise her after the vote.
Meanwhile Badenoch’s surprise popularity on the right of the party, propelled by the support of senior Tory Michael Gove, has almost certainly secured her a senior government position regardless of whoever is the next prime minister.