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Tory leadership rules announced

Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee, has announced the rules for the Conservative leadership contest.

  • Nominations will open and close tomorrow.
  • First ballot on Wednesday.
  • Second ballot on Thursday.
  • 20 supporters will be needed for each candidate.
  • On the first ballot, any candidate to proceed must win 30 votes from Tory MPs.
  • The winner will be announced on 5 September.

Key events:

Summary

When asked whether the threshold is too high for lesser-known candidates to reach, Sir Graham Brady denied that this is the case.

He added: “We do need to make sure there’s a decent period of time before the result is announced on September 5. We need to make sure there’s a reasonable chance for the party and the country to meet and question the candidates at regional candidates.”

Tom Tugendhat now claims to now have 20 endorsements from MPs supporting his bid to become leader.

Tory leadership rules announced

Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee, has announced the rules for the Conservative leadership contest.

  • Nominations will open and close tomorrow.
  • First ballot on Wednesday.
  • Second ballot on Thursday.
  • 20 supporters will be needed for each candidate.
  • On the first ballot, any candidate to proceed must win 30 votes from Tory MPs.
  • The winner will be announced on 5 September.

More from Aubrey Allegretti on the rumours of the threshold being 20…

Threshold of 20 would mean potential difficulty for some Tory candidates.

Declared supporters so far (h/t @GuidoFawkes list):

Grant Shapps – 8
Sajid Javid – 11
Suella Braverman – 11https://t.co/IihJswwxjn

— Aubrey Allegretti (@breeallegretti) July 11, 2022

The Telegraph reports that Suella Braverman, a Conservative leadership hopeful, has told her fellow Tory MPs “don’t vote for me because I’m brown” but because of her clear vision to cut taxes.

The Telegraph’s Christopher Hope reports:

The Attorney General also set out her vision as prime minister at a meeting of the reconstituted Conservative Way Forward, a Thatcherite thinktank.

Speaking alongside fellow Conservative leadership rival Nadhim Zahawi at the Churchill War Rooms, Ms Braverman made her pitch to 60 Tory activists and rightwing Conservative MPs.

She said: “Don’t vote for me because I’m a woman. Don’t vote for me because I’m brown.

“Vote for me because I love this country and would do anything for it.

“Vote for me because I have a clear vision and have experience working at the top of Government. But most of all, vote for me because I’m a Conservative.”

Jessica Elgot has written an analysis of the lengths some Tory leadership hopefuls are going to in order to smear their rivals.

The propaganda flying around includes lurid rumours of affairs, business dealings and questionable tax statuses. Not all would meet the public interest test. Those who have faced planted attacks so far include the chancellor, Nadhim Zahawi, but there are also expected to be coordinated efforts to undermine the campaigns of Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

The ipaper’s Paul Waugh also saying that 20 Conservative MPs will be the threshold for appearing on the ballot.

So, here we go. Tory leadership contenders will need at least 20 Tory MPs to get on the ballot paper, the 1922 committee has decided. Low enough to allow a decent choice, but high enough to weed out the no hopers.

— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) July 11, 2022

New Conservative Home polling has found that Penny Mordaunt is in first place among Tory members to be the next PM, followed by Kemi Badenoch.

Rishi Sunak is in third place, Suella Braverman fourth, Liz Truss fifth and Tom Tugendhat sixth

WOW: new @ConHome finds Penny Mordaunt is in first place among Tory members to be the next PM, followed by Kemi Badenoch.

Rishi Sunak is in third place, Suella Braverman fourth, Liz Truss fifth and Tom Tugendhat sixth https://t.co/EhV4fxL0vJ

— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) July 11, 2022

Sally Weale reports that education unions have written to the newly appointed education minister, Andrea Jenkyns, warning that her use of an obscene gesture and her excuses since would be unacceptable from a pupil or member of staff.

Jenkyns, Conservative MP for Morley and Outwood, was widely criticised after she was pictured raising her middle finger at a crowd gathered at the entrance to Downing Street on the day of Boris Johnson’s announcement that he was to step down as prime minister.

In a subsequent statement, Jenkyns said she had received “huge amounts of abuse” and seven death threats in the past four years and was just standing up for herself. She added: “I should have shown more composure, but am only human.”

The joint letter from Unison, the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Education Union, published on Monday, expressed grave concern at her actions and its likely impact on standards in schools.

New education minister Andrea Jenkyns sticks finger up at crowd outside Downing Street
New education minister Andrea Jenkyns sticks finger up at crowd outside Downing Street Photograph: @RhonddaBryant/Twitter

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