PENNY Mordaunt has announced that she will stand in the Tory leadership race following the resignation of Liz Truss.
The Tory MP for Southampton – who has the backing of 27 MPs made a bid for Number 10 just months ago following the ousting of Boris Johnson – she came third behind Sunak and Truss.
She is expected to see a challenge this time around from Boris Johnson – who has the backing of over 62 MPs so far and Rishi Sunak, who has the backing of 77 MPs.
She said: “I’ve been encouraged by support from colleagues who want a fresh start, a united party and leadership in the national interest.”
“I’m running to be the leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister – to unite our country, deliver our pledges and win the next GE.”