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Race for UK Leadership Tightens as Rivals Vie for Run-Off Spot

  • Further ballots of Tory MPs scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Mordaunt, Truss, Badenoch competing to join Sunak in top two
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The battle to succeed Boris Johnson is heating up, with Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch vying to join Rishi Sunak in the final run-off after a vote on Monday left the race for second wide open.

Conservative Party MPs will vote for a fourth time on Tuesday in the contest to elect Johnson’s successor as party leader and UK prime minister, after the latest ballot left Sunak looking almost certain to make the top two. He secured 115 votes -- up 14 on last week and just 5 short of the 120 he needs to clinch it.