Penny Mordaunt’s swipe at Rishi Sunak as she brags about ‘I’m NOT the legacy contestant’ | United Kingdom | New
She is among the top contenders vying for the post of Conservative leader. Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak came top in Thursday’s second round of Tory MPs for a new party leader and prime minister, with Ms Mordaunt second and Ms Truss third.
The eliminated candidate, Attorney General Suella Braverman, threw her support behind Ms. Truss.
Addressing the electorate rather than party members, Ms Mordaunt said: ‘While my party chooses a new leader, you are watching us choose your next prime minister, and that is why this contest has to be about you.
“At some point, you will all have a vote, and you will see that not all politicians are the same.
“I’m not the traditional offer, I’m not the legacy candidate.
“I am focused on the future and want our nation to be all it can be and to shine with the new freedoms our great democracy has determined.”
Launching her Tory leadership campaign on Wednesday, Ms Mordaunt presented herself as the ‘Labour Feared Most’ candidate.
She promised to return to traditional conservative values of “low taxes, [a] small state and personal responsibility”.
The trade minister has pledged to cut fuel VAT by 50% to help ease the cost of living crisis, but has not gone as far as other leadership candidates in offering tax cuts.
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Channel 4 will broadcast an all-candidates debate at 7.30pm BST, the first of two such events this weekend ahead of MPs’ next round of voting on Monday.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said his party “feared none of the candidates”, accusing them of “bickering like cats in a sack”.
With the Conservative leadership field now down to five, comments from rival camps are becoming more bitter and personal.
Lord Frost attacked Ms Mordaunt, who once served under him, telling Talk TV she ‘didn’t master the necessary details’ and had been ‘missing on parade’ during Brexit talks with the UK. EU.
The MP for Portsmouth North, 49, has been in and around government for the better part of a decade and even had a brief stint as a reality TV star.
She was a leading supporter of Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum and is currently trade policy minister.
She led the youth wing of the Conservative Party and was press secretary for William Hague when he was leader.