Tory leadership: Voting closes after weeks of summer campaigning


It’s been a few hours since the voting was closed in the conservative leadership contest. After long weeks of summer campaigning, the leadership battle has ended.

After Boris Johnson resigned, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak spent six weeks trying to persuade the Tory members that they had all the qualities required to run the party and the country.


On Wednesday night, The foreign secretary was set to win the contest, and the former chancellor received a warm reception at the final hustings in London’s Wembley Arena.

But many members said neither of the candidates has what it takes to deal with the unenviable in-tray of reuniting the party while

“Labour’s lead over the Tories has broadened since the leadership contest started – and he would have preferred Mr Johnson to stay on,” said Former MEP for East of England, David Bannerman.

In addition, Former MEP for East of England, David Bannerman, said, “while looking at the polls, all of us are in various positions now and whoever takes over has a huge mountain to climb. That’s the general feeling of the membership”.

Sixty-two-year-old Bannerman said he supported Lizz Truss because of her policies, accusing Rishi Sunak of having no new ideas.

In addition, Bannerman “If you dispose of a prime minister, you have to have different policies, not more of the same.”


Polling has suggested that many Conservative Party members prefer Boris Johnson over his two likely successors.

Rishi Sunak, the underdog in the contest, appears to be paying the price for his role in bringing down the Johnson administration when he dramatically resigned as chancellor in July.

Sixty-year-old Alex Stewart-Clark, from Scotland, said he threw his weight behind Ms Truss as soon as Defence Secretary Ben Wallace ruled himself out of the race.

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