Sir Graham Brady is reading out the names of the candidates who will be in the first ballot. He reads the names in alphabetical order. They are:
Brady says the first round ballot will take place tomorrow between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. The result will be announced soon afterwards, he says.
He does not name the MPs who have not made it, but three MPs said today they would not stand after struggling to get the support of 20 MPs. They are:
A summary of today’s developments
Nadine Dorries accuses Rishi Sunak’s campaign of pulling “dirty tricks”
Graham Brady confirms eight candidates in first ballot for Tory leadership
1922 Committee chair Graham Brady set to announce names of Tory MPs in first ballot
Javid accepts he is out of leadership contest after struggling to get enough nominations
Rehman Chishti abandons campaign for Tory leadership after failing to get backing from colleagues
Mordaunt welcomes survey suggesting she would win against any rival in final ballot of members
No 10 says it refused Labour’s no-confidence debate because anti-PM wording meant Starmer ‘playing politics’
Suella Braverman says she has nominations needed to be on ballot paper, joining at least five others in passing threshold
At least five Tories now expected on ballot, as Hunt joins Sunak, Truss, Mordaunt and Tugendhat in reaching 20 threshold
Labour accuses No 10 of ‘flagrant abuse of power’ after it refuses to allow no confidence debate in government tomorrow
Priti Patel rules out running for Tory leadership
Tugendhat promises ‘leadership with renewed sense of mission’
Truss ‘a stronger Brexiteer’ than me and Rees-Mogg, claims Dorries
Cabinet ministers and other Tories are to blame for letting Johnson undermine standards in public life, says John Major
Badenoch says state should be smaller and do less, instead of pandering to ‘every campaigner with moving message’
Rishi Sunak’s launch – snap verdict
Shapps pulls out of Tory leadership contest and backs Sunak, saying he has ‘competence and experience’ to be PM
‘It’s question of when, not if’ – Sunak promises to get tax burden down
Sunak pays tribute to Johnson, saying he’s ‘remarkable’ and ‘has a good heart’
Raab and Shapps back Sunak for next Tory leader
Rishi Sunak launched leadership campaign
Truss wins backing from Rees-Mogg and Dorries, positioning her as Johnsonite, ‘Stop Sunak’ candidate
Zahawi hits back at Sunak, saying ‘cutting taxes isn’t fairytale’
Why Labour is tabling no-confidence motion in government
Boris Johnson’s allies launch bid to stop Sunak as survey casts doubt on former chancellor’s leadership chances
- Kemi Badenoch, Suella Braverman, Jeremy Hunt, Penny Mordaunt, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Tom Tugendhat and Nadhim Zahawi have all progressed to the first ballot which will take place tomorrow between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. The result will be announced soon afterwards.
- Sajid Javid, the former health secretary and former home secretary, is out of the contest as he was struggling to get the 20 nominations he needed.
- Rehman Chishti’s campaign for the Conservative leadership is over after being unable to receive any public endorsements from colleagues. Grant Shapps also failed to make it to the first ballot.
- Priti Patel, the home secretary, announced she will not be standing for the Tory leadership. She is not backing any other candidates, but she does not rule out doing so later in the contest.
- The government and Labour are involved in a briefing war about the rights and wrongs of the No 10 decision not to allow a no-confidence debate in the government tomorrow. Labour is accusing Downing Street of “an abuse of power”, but No 10 says it is Labour that is actually abusing the system because it is “playing politics”.
Conservative MP James Sunderland has cast doubt on the commitment of Penny Mordaunt to the UK’s net zero climate target.
Sunderland, a supporter of Mordaunt, told BBC Newsnight: “It is on her radar, it is a very important Government policy at the moment but net zero of course has to be balanced against the immediate priorities affecting British people.
“This is about cost-of-living crisis, this is about money in pockets, and ultimately, Penny will make a decision as to whether we can relinquish those green subsidies, those green taxes, as they’ve been called. But we have to do what is right now for people in the UK.”
He added: “I think it is important that we follow the net zero agenda, we have got very aggressive green policies in this country.
“Nothing is off the table.
“At this current point in time, if the British people are struggling, a pragmatist, a responsible Prime Minister, would look at that particular policy and assess whether or not to waive it.”
Thangam Debbonaire has said Labour is considering all its options amid a row over the tabling of a no confidence vote in Boris Johnson.
Labour had earlier accused the government of “running scared” after it blocked plans by the opposition to stage a Commons no confidence vote in the prime minister and his administration.
The shadow leader of the Commons told BBC Newsnight: “I’m not going to reveal all of our tactics. There’s various other things that we could try and at the moment we’re considering every single one of them.”
She also refused to be drawn on reports that Labour and the SNP are considering applying for an emergency debate, instead accusing the government of running scared.
Debbonaire said: “Why would the government be so chicken as to not to take the motion of no competence? They could do that tomorrow. They still could do that on Thursday, or they could do it next week?”
The front page of Wednesday’s Guardian.
Labour has committed to “ironclad discipline” with the public finances and cutting Britain’s debt burden if it gets into power, in an attempt to draw a clear dividing line with Tory leadership hopefuls promising billions of pounds in tax cuts.
Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, will use a speech on Wednesday to bind a future Labour government to strict borrowing limits designed to protect the public finances while allowing it to lay the foundations for a growing economy.
As the candidates vying to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister promise tax cuts worth billions of pounds without being clear on how they would be funded, Reeves will argue “the tables have turned” on fiscal credibility.
“Any lingering sense that the Conservatives are the party of economic responsibility has been shredded to pieces over the past few days,” she will say.
Get the full story here: Labour to pledge ‘ironclad discipline’ with public finances
The Scottish secretary Alister Jack has confirmed he will not reveal who he is supporting in the Tory leadership race.
Widely seen as a close ally of Boris Johnson, Jack told BBC’s Reporting Scotland he will not declare who he is backing in the race to succeed the prime minister.
“I’m not going to declare who I am going to be supporting in the race,” Jack said.
Instead, he said he would be speaking to all the candidates about issues facing Scotland.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan has backed Tom Tugendhat’s pledge on defence spending if he wins the leadership race.
Labour and the SNP are considering applying for an emergency debate after an earlier row with the government over a no confidence motion in the government and prime minister, Sky News is reporting.
Here is Labour MP Chris Bryant’s reaction to Matt Vickers being named deputy Tory chair.
The government abandoned its plan to use controversial pushback tactics to turn away migrants in the Channel after trials, MPs have heard.
Armed forces minister James Heappey told the defence committee the Ministry of Defence (MoD) initially recommended against the tactic, which was dropped following the conclusions of Royal Navy experts after trials by the Royal Marines.
The policy would have allowed Border Force patrols to intercept migrant vessels in the Channel and take them back to France.
It was due to be challenged at the high court earlier this year but was dropped just over a week before.
Heappey told the committee the small, often overloaded, craft used are each treated as a “vessel in distress” and escorted back to the UK under mariners’ obligation to save life at sea.
We were asked to explore how those tactics could be used in the Dover straits, and our analysis after a series of trials in Weymouth with various techniques and an analysis of the water and the type of threat that was being faced was that it was inappropriate, and the argument was won.
Government decided not to do that because the evidence provided by professional mariners within the Royal Navy was such to compellingly make the case for not doing it.
The Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has reacted to reports suggesting that Boris Johnson is blocking Labour’s bid to hold a vote of no confidence.
This sounds more like Donald Trump than a serious British government.
If the rumours are true and Boris Johnson has blocked a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons, this is just more evidence that he is totally unable to lead our country.
Voters will never forgive the Conservative party for propping up Johnson, who is more interested in himself and his legacy than tackling the health crisis and cost of living emergency.
The former Conservative party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has yet to declare which candidate he will be backing.
However, he told Sky News he was “impressed by pretty much all of those who have come to … hustings which we have just held”.
“This for once wasn’t about Europe, it wasn’t directly about taxation but was about how do you work to improve the quality of life for those who are the poorest in society,” he said.
“It forced candidates to stop the to-and-fro bickering about who will cut taxes and not cut taxes and actually get down to talking about real lives.”
In the race to face Rishi Sunak, it may be Penny Mordaunt who capitalises on the disarray of the right of the Conservative party as it splinters into bitter factions.
The trade minister has an impressively organised campaign that has led to mutterings about how much work she has put into her day job. She has racked up the second-highest number of endorsements after Sunak, dedicating time to one-on-one meetings with MPs rather than the airwaves.
Her allies says she will now step up a gear and show her strengths as a media performer in the coming days. “The more people see of Penny, the more they warm to her, which is a huge advantage,” one said, a remark which may not apply to her rivals.
Read the full piece here: Bitter split in Tory right may boost leadership chances of Penny Mordaunt
Here is the moment Sir Graham Brady confirmed the eight candidates for the Conservative party race.