After eight long weeks the Conservative Party has a new leader and the country has a new prime minister.
Liz Truss was unveiled as the winner of the race to succeed Boris Johnson on Monday, following a campaign that was often as farcical as it was long.
Here, not necessarily in any order, are some of the weirder moments from the Tory scramble for No.10.
1. Braverman’s surprise bid
As ministers deserted Boris Johnson, Attorney General Suella Braverman popped up on ITV’s Peston programme and boldly announced she would run for leader.
The Brexiteer was the first to formally enter the race. But, despite deciding “the time has come for the prime minister to step down”, she did not actually resign from the cabinet. And was not sacked either.
A cabinet minister - Suella Braverman, Attorney General - has just announced she wants to be the next PM live on television. And spelled out her pitch.
The gun has well and truly be fired on the public race to replace Boris. pic.twitter.com/UH0ncUIBiu
— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) July 6, 2022
2. Mordaunt’s campaign video
Penny Mordaunt launched her campaign with a video accompanied with stirring patriotic music. Strangely, one thing missing was any footage of Mordaunt herself.
However, it did include a clip of former Paralympic medal-winning runner Oscar Pistorius, who is currently in prison for murdering his girlfriend. Another athlete, Britain’s Jonnie Peacock, asked for his image to be removed. It also included a picture of a serving police officer, which is not allowed in political campaigns as the police are supposed to be politically neutral.
— Penny Mordaunt (@PennyMordaunt) July 10, 2022
3. I don’t have a willy
Mordaunt was targeted over her past support for trans rights. In an attempt to bat away the criticisms, she jokingly told journalists at the launch of her campaign: “I think it was Margaret Thatcher who said that every prime minister needs a willy. A woman like me doesn’t have one.” Which objectively did not make sense as a joke or actually reveal her position on the issue.
4. Truss fails to find the door
Liz Truss launched her ultimately-successful campaign on July 14 with a pledge to cut taxes and “level up in a Conservative way”. She then promptly got lost leaving the room and was unable to find the door. Despite having walked through it to get into the room in the first place.
5. And crucially..
MPs who were backing Rishi Sunak were provided with nice graphics to promote. Supportive words were also suggested.
6. There’s been a murder
Frustrated with the bitterness of the campaign, even in its early days, Mordaunt called for the “toxic” blue-on-blue attacks to end. Unfortunately her campaign then tweeted a link to a piece by Daily Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson which included the word “murder”.
Mordaunt (Photo: Twitter)
7. Sweaty Saj
Sajid Javid was one of the most experienced candidates in the race. He had been chancellor, health secretary, home secretary and culture secretary. Unfortunately he launched his campaign on one of the hottest days of the year in one of the smallest rooms in Westminster and spent his entire speech sweating profusely.
(Photo: Stefan Rousseau - PA Images via Getty Images)
8. Rehman Chishti
Rehman Chishti, the largely unknMP for Gillingham and Rainham, entered the race for leader.
I’m standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister. For me it’s about aspirational conservatism, fresh ideas, fresh team for a fresh start taking our great country forward. (Full video on my Facebook page). pic.twitter.com/0BBOkqmKgV
— Rehman Chishti (@Rehman_Chishti) July 10, 2022
9. What a tart
Tom Tugenhadat, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee, decided the country needed fresh blood and he was the man to offer it. Holding a press conference the banner behind him declared “Tom: A Clean Start”. Only it did not say that, instead reading: “Tom: A Tart.”
(Photo: Sky News)
10. Rishi Sunak’s ‘campiaign’
If you are running in the Tory leadership campaign it is probably a good idea to spell the word “campaign” correctly on your slick TV backdrops.
Sunak (Photo: Sky News)
(Photo: Sky News)
11. U-turn if you want to
In a brave move for any incoming PM, Truss’ campaign announced a policy to pay nurses and teachers who live outside of London less than those who live in the capital. After she learned what her own policy was she quickly U-turned in a move she described as “honest and decisive”. The policy, she said, had been “misrepresented” by the media. It had not.
12. Sunak tries Welsh
The campaign took the candidates all over the UK. Speaking to Welsh Tory members, Sunak was extremely pleased with his attempt at the language.
Rishi Sunak's David Brent-like "yep" after his attempt at Welsh is easily my highlight of the campaign pic.twitter.com/xKiwaTbMBP
— Graeme Demianyk (@GraemeDemianyk) August 3, 2022
13. Surprise anti-Semitism claims
Escalating her attacks on government staff, Truss attacked “woke civil service culture that strays into anti-Semitism”. But she did not provide any evidence of anti-Semitism.
14. Are they even blinking?
The BBC’s TV debate between Sunak and Truss starring straight down the camera. Forever.
15. Our women
Pivoting towards culture war issues, Sunak was keen to go after trans people. “I will be incredibly robust in standing up against that lefty woke culture that is trying to cancel our history, our values and indeed our women,” he repeatedly told Tory members at hustings events. He did not specify who exactly he thought owned all women.
16. Ready to hit the ground
After making it into the final two in the contest, Truss was quick to let everyone know she was ready. To hit the ground. From day one.
Truss (Photo: Twitter)
17. Please clap
And finally, Truss delivered her victory speech to a hall packed full of Tory staff, members and MPs. Paying tribute to Boris Johnson, she said the outgoing PM was admired “from Kyiv to Carlisle” and paused for applause. It was a long pause.
Awkward moment when Liz Truss said Boris Johnson was admired from Kiev to Carlisle.
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) September 5, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.