James Heale James Heale

Will Penny do better than last time?

In July she showed she could get 100 MPs

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This afternoon Penny Mordaunt became the first candidate to publicly declare themselves for the leadership of the Conservative party. Much of the talk in this contest has been about the ‘death match’ between Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, both of whom are a known quantity in Westminster circles. Mordaunt’s confirmed entry into the race changes the dynamics of the contest and offers her colleagues a different choice.

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