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Mordaunt Makes Return to Tory Leadership Contest to Back 'Hope' Candidate Truss

Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Penny Mordaunt labelled Liz Truss the "hope candidate" as she made a surprise return to the Tory leadership race to endorse her former rival.

The trade minister joined forces with Ms Truss little more than a fortnight after allies of the Foreign Secretary denied involvement in a "black ops" campaign against the Portsmouth North MP.