August 15, 2022

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Grant Shapps contemplating management bid as Dominic Raab guidelines himself out of contest

Three cupboard ministers have thrown their hats into the ring within the race to succeed...

Three cupboard ministers have thrown their hats into the ring within the race to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister.

Overseas secretary Liz Truss, chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and transport secretary Grant Shapps be part of Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman in getting into the competition.

Former junior minister Kemi Badenoch and overseas affairs committee chairman Tom Tugendhat have additionally declared their intentions to face.

However defence secretary Ben Wallace mentioned he had determined to not put his title ahead.

Each Truss and Shapps plan to focus on frontrunner Sunak of their bids to be PM.

In line with the Mail on Sunday, the overseas secretary will pledge to reverse the £12bn hike in nationwide insurance coverage Sunak launched whereas he was chancellor, and scrap the £16bn improve in company tax deliberate for subsequent yr.

In the meantime, Shapps took a transparent swipe on the former chancellor – who resigned final Tuesday in protest at Johnson’s management – by saying he had “not spent the previous few turbulent years plotting or briefing towards the prime minister”.

“I’ve not been mobilising a management marketing campaign behind his again,” he mentioned in an article for the Sunday Occasions. “I inform you this: for all his flaws – and who just isn’t flawed – I like Boris Johnson.

“I’ve by no means, for a second, doubted his love of this nation.”

“I’ve not spent the previous few turbulent years plotting or briefing towards the Prime Minister.

“I’ve by no means, for a second, doubted his love of this nation.”

Launching his marketing campaign, Zahawi pledged to decrease taxes for people, households and enterprise, increase defence spending, and proceed with faculties reforms that he began whereas he was schooling secretary.

He mentioned: “My goal is a straightforward one: to offer the alternatives that have been afforded to my technology, to all Britons, whoever you’re and wherever you come from. To regular the ship and to stabilise the financial system.”