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South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss through Conservative Party leadership ballot along with Sunak, Mordaunt and Badenoch in race to be next PM



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South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss came safely through Monday's ballot in the race to be the next prime minister as the list of candidates was whittled down to four.

The Foreign Secretary was third in the voting list behind Penny Mordaunt as former chancellor Rishi Sunak remaining the frontrunner in the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Ms Truss picked up seven votes to reach 71, 13 ahead of fourth-spot Kemi Badenoch.

Tory leadership vote Round 3 result (58068341)
Tory leadership vote Round 3 result (58068341)

Senior backbencher Tom Tugendhat was knocked out after yesterday's Westminster vote.

A fourth round of voting by Tory MPs will eliminate another contender today between noon and 2pm, with a result at 3pm.

A source within Ms Truss's campaign told the BBC on Tuesday: "We're confident we'll make it through.

"MPs who don't want Rishi Sunak to be PM need to think about who is most likely to beat him in the final two, and can turn the economy round and win an election. Liz is the best bet."

The successive rounds of voting end on Thursday until two candidates remain

The final two candidates face Tory party members at hustings around the country through to August.

On September 5 the new PM will be announced.



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