Tugendhat eliminated from leadership race

Tom Tugendhat was eliminated from the race for the next leader of Conservative party.

The Tonbridge-Malling MP received 31 votes. Former chancellor Rishi Unak received 115 votes.

Penny Mordaunt remains in second place, but with one fewer vote (82)  than in the second ballot.

Kemi Badenoch placed fourth with 58 votes. However, she received more new voters (9) than Liz Truss (71), who was seven more than the previous round.


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Upon learning the result, Tugendhat said he was “immensely proud” of his team. 

He wrote on Twitter: “Although it wasn’t to be today, I am immensely proud of the positive vision we put forward for our country. 

“Thank you to all those who supported me and believed in #ACleanStart. This is only the beginning!”

Sunak and Truss pulled out earlier today of a planned TV debate on Sky because they were concerned about the damage that the debates were doing the Conservative party.

Political commentator Iain Dale called their decisions, which caused the debate to be cancelled, a “disgrace”.