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Mordaunt: Truss isn’t ‘hiding’ under a desk

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Oh dear. Liz Truss ducked the opportunity to come to the House to explain Jeremy Hunt’s U-turn earlier today. So instead it was the turn of Penny Mordaunt – ‘the real PM’, her supporters jibe – to come to the Commons and defend the shambles of the past fortnight. Mordaunt, in her capacity as the Leader of the House, did her best to mount a defence of her crumbling leader, though she herself did stumble on occasion.

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