Penny Mordaunt endorses Jeremy Hunt for Tory leadership

Penny Mordaunt endorses Jeremy Hunt for Tory leadership

The gloves came off in the Tory leadership battle today as rivals took aim at ‘unrealistic’ Boris Johnson – while Michael Gove faced calls to stand aside over his cocaine admission. Front runner Mr Johnson suffered a blow with Cabinet minister Amber Rudd opting to back Jeremy Hunt – jibing that being ‘sunny and optimistic’ could not make up for having no ‘plan’ for Brexit . Meanwhile, the former foreign secretary’s call for £10billion of tax cuts for higher earners was dismissed as ‘unrealistic’. In an extraordinary pieces of blue-on-blue warfare, ex-Tory chair Baroness Warsi also waded into the row over Mr Gove having taken cocaine in the past – branding him a hypocrite. A slew of Tories face having their dreams of becoming PM dashed today as the leadership battle gets real. Five of the 11 candidates, including former Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, could be brutally axed from the race as they struggle to get enough support from colleagues. The contest kicks off for real this morning when nominations officially open, before four of the key players hold launch events.

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