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Downham Market MP Liz Truss one step away from 10 Downing Street



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South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss will go head to head with Rishi Sunak in the race to become the next Conservative party leader and the country's next Prime Minister after securing enough votes from her Conservative peers to make the final two.

The fifth ballot of the race today saw Mr Sunak top the votes with 137.

With the Foreign Secretary, who had been in third place throughout the voting process, overtaking Penny Mordaunt by gaining 113 votes to 105 respectively.

The results from the fifth ballot for the Tory leadership race. (58124940)
The results from the fifth ballot for the Tory leadership race. (58124940)

The Downham MP made the final three yesterday after seeing off Jeremy Hunt, Nadim Zahawi, Suella Braverman, Tom Tugendhat and Kemi Badenoch during the previous rounds.

Ms Truss and Mr Sunak will now face a series of hustings around the country to gain Conservative party members votes.

Foreign Secretary and MP for south west Norfolk Liz Truss Picture: Mark Bullimore
Foreign Secretary and MP for south west Norfolk Liz Truss Picture: Mark Bullimore

A ballot for members, which is estimated to have around 170,000 voting papers going through letter boxes from August 1, will then take place and the results will be announced on September 5.



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