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Tory Battle to Succeed Johnson Takes Shape as Patel Opts Out

  • Home Secretary’s decision not to run seen as benefit to Truss
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Rishi Sunak during the campaign launch for his bid to become leader of the Conservative party in London, UK, on July 12.

Rishi Sunak during the campaign launch for his bid to become leader of the Conservative party in London, UK, on July 12.

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The race to succeed Boris Johnson as UK prime minister is taking shape as two Conservative big hitters, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, opted out ahead of the first round of voting.