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Focus Turns to TV Debates in Race to Succeed UK’s Boris Johnson

  • Final five contenders go head to head on Channel 4 on Friday
  • Next ballot of Conservative MPs is scheduled for Monday
Rishi Sunak, Kemi Badenoch, Tom Tugendhat, Liz Truss and Penny Mordaunt (left to right.)

Rishi Sunak, Kemi Badenoch, Tom Tugendhat, Liz Truss and Penny Mordaunt (left to right.)

Source: UK Parliament

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Contenders in the race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and UK prime minister will battle it out in their first TV debate Friday, as a three-day pause in voting allows MPs to plot potential deals behind the scenes.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and International Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt pulled ahead of their rivals in the second round of voting Thursday, leaving Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in third place. But pro-Brexit Attorney General Suella Braverman, who was knocked out, is now backing Truss in the contest, a person familiar with the matter said.