Penny Mordaunt backs Liz Truss in bitter blow for Rishi Sunak

Penny Mordaunt announced her backing for Liz Truss on Monday in a bitter blow for Rishi Sunak’s leadership hopes.Speaking before Ms Truss took to the stage for a hustings event in Exeter, Ms Mordaunt said the Foreign Secretary was the “hope candidate” who “knows what she believes in”.Ms Mordaunt finished third in the Tory leadership contest, narrowly losing out to Ms Truss. Her support is a significant boost to Ms Truss before ballot papers are sent to party members this week.

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