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Tories Make Bids and Take Sides as Leadership Contest Gathers Pace

Number 10 Downing Street in London. 

Number 10 Downing Street in London. 

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Tories are rushing to take sides in the race to become the new prime minister after Rishi Sunak declared he has set his sights on the top job.

Former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch is the latest to throw her hat into the ring, with a plan for a smaller state and a government "focused on the essentials".