Boris Johnson latest news: Tory leadership hopefuls branded ‘chaotic catwalk’

Who could replace Boris Johnson in the role of prime minister?

The shadow home secretary has called the Tory leadership race a “chaotic catwalk of contestants” as a growing number of MPs battle it out to replace Boris Johnson.

Yvette Cooper said they were all part of a “catalogue of failure” as she blasted 12 years of Conservative government.

It comes as the Tory leadership battle heats up, with Penny Mordaunt becoming the latest candidate to throw her hat into the ring on Sunday.

She joins eight other MPs who have put their names forward so far, including Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, Nadhim Zahawi and Rishi Sunak.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, and Tom Tugendhat, the foreign affairs committee chair, are also running.

Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, is also widely expected to launch a leadership bid shortly, with MPs already signaling their support.

Brexit, tax cuts and transgender rights are among the issues the hopefuls have been setting out their positions on.

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Tory candidates tax plans branded ‘nuts’ by economic experts

Tax cutting has been branded “nuts” by top economic experts.

All the candidates who have entered the race bar Rishi Sunak have vowed to cut taxes in a bid to boost growth.

Responding to Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt’s plans to cut corporation tax to 15 percent, Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation, said: “This is nuts. We’re talking £30bn odd. This is going to be one expensive leadership election.

“It’s not just nuts economics, it’s nuts politics. People in hospitals and schools are going to be overwhelmed by surging costs this autumn-winter. Saying, ‘Sorry we can’t help but we can cut corporate taxes by £30bn’, won’t last a week as a position. Labor won’t believe their luck.”

Paul Johnson, the head of the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS), said critics were “correct” to say cutting taxes does not “magically” boost growth.

The IFS expert warned that using the currently “tiny” fiscal headroom on tax cuts “almost certainly means big real terms cuts in public pay”.

He added: “An alternative of course is to borrow more. May be risky in a highly inflationary environment.”

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Starmer repeats call for election

Sir Keir Starmer has repeated his call for a general election.

“Britain needs a fresh start,” he said, sharing an article in which he makes the appeal:

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GB paralympian asks to be removed from Mordaunt video

A Team GB paralympian has asked to be removed from Penny Mordaunt’s leadership bid video:

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What are Tory leader candidates saying about Rwanda deportations?

Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt said he would back an expansion of the government’s policy of sending asylum seekers on one-way flights to Rwanda, Adam Forrest reports.

His Tory rivals Sajid Javid and Tom Tugendhat also vowed to push on with the plan to use the central African country to “offshore” migrants arriving by small boats.

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Oscar Pistorius in Mordaunt’s leadership video…

Some are pointing out Oscar Pistorius gets a showing in Penny Mordaunt’s leadership bid video:

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Work and pensions secretary backs Liz Truss

Meanwhile, Therese Coffey said she would back Liz Truss to be the next Tory leader.

The labor and pensions secretary tweeted this:

Ms Truss has not officially launched her leadership bid yet, with reports suggesting this could happen on Monday.

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Yvette Cooper calls Tory leadership race ‘chaotic catwalk of contestants’

Labour’s Yvette Cooper has branded the Conservative leadership contest a “chaotic catwalk of contestants”.

The shadow home secretary said they have been party to 12 years of “failed Conservative government with low growth, with soaring cost of living and also rundown public services”.

“I think all of them are really part of this catalog of failure. They are, all of them, letting the country down,” she said Sophie Ridge on Sunday.

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Michael Fabricant backs Penny Mordaunt for leader

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has given his support to Penny Mordaunt as the next Tory leader.

“She is feisty, full of fun and, like me, while socially liberal, a staunch supporter of Brexit who firmly believes in the sovereignty and independence of the United Kingdom,” he said.

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Eustice among those backing Shapps for leader

Grant Shapps has been tweeting out a list of MPs who are backing his leadership campaign – including George Eustice:

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Rees-Mogg decries ‘gossip’ over Pincher affair

Jacob Rees-Mogg said “gossip” should not have dictated the fate of Boris Johnson as prime minister following his handling of the Chris Pincher allegations.

“I believe in the principle that somebody is innocent until proven guilty, and although the reports of what Mr Pincher has done, sound very serious they have gone from sounding as if somebody was too drunk and behaved badly, to a sexual assault, that is a different category,” he told the Sophie Ridge On Sunday program on Sky News.

“And when the prime minister was first talking about it, or his spokesman was first talking about it, it sounded like somebody who was very drunk, but the principle of innocent until proven guilty is fundamental and Mr. Pincher is entitled to due process, that’s a constitutional fundamental.”

He added: “I think we need facts. And there weren’t facts. There was a degree of gossip and there was the Foreign Office incident which had been closed, there had been an accepted apology.

“And the difficulty with that, is that if an apology has been accepted, you didn’t know at that point how serious it was. It may turn out later that it was more serious. But it was something that was closed. The evidence wasn’t there for the prime minister in my mind to have made a fair decision.”

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