August 17, 2022

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She claimed she was the Conservative Party management candidate that “Labour fear the most” –...

She claimed she was the Conservative Party management candidate that “Labour fear the most” – and now Penny Mordaunt may be essentially the most feared by her rivals to be prime minister too.

Rishi Sunak topped the ballot within the the primary spherical of voting by Tory MPs within the race to succeed Boris Johnson. But it surely was Mordaunt, a commerce minister, ending in second place that induced a buzz in Westminster.

No-one can fairly say what “momentum” is, or whether or not it truly makes any distinction in any way. However no matter momentum (aka “the large mo”) is, Mordaunt appears to have a variety of it.

Who’s she?

Mordaunt, 49, campaigned for Brexit and was the primary girl to function defence secretary, though Johnson sacked her shortly after he turned prime minister in 2019 as a result of she had backed one other candidate for get together chief, Jeremy Hunt. She additionally held the worldwide growth temporary in cupboard, and is at the moment a junior commerce minister.

The MP for Portsmouth North since 2010, Mordaunt’s profession earlier than politics was largely in public relations. The colorful points of her background embody a stint as magician’s assistant whereas at school, serving as a Royal Navy reservist and showing on the Tom Daley-fronted diving present, Splash.

Why pleasure now?

Whereas by no means a rank outsider, Mordaunt has been put within the second-tier of management hopefuls due to higher identify recognition amongst different candidates. However what might need began as a curse might flip right into a blessing if the likes of one-time chancellor Sunak and overseas secretary Liz Truss are tarnished by their affiliation with the Johnson period.

And a ballot on Wednesday, maybe pointing to the will for a contemporary break from the current half, induced an earth tremor amongst political journalists.

Let’s keep in mind, as soon as MPs have whittled the sector down to 2 candidates, it’s as much as between 100,000 and 200,000 get together members to decide on the winner. And the YouGov survey confirmed Mordaunt is now the clear favorite for chief amongst these Conservative members.

Some 27% responded that they’d favour Mordaunt as Johnson’s alternative, with former minister Kemi Badenoch second on 15%, and Sunak and Truss tied on 13%. Maybe extra vital was how she would beat each rival – comfortably – in head-to-heads.

Backroom negotiations will now happen earlier than the following spherical of voting, and any variety of pacts and guarantees may but deny Mordaunt a spot within the ultimate two. Her larger profile will even convey rather more scrutiny than she has skilled earlier than.

However as soon as they’ve completed telling you about “momentum”, commentators will likely recall how David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith have been additionally not presupposed to win the Tory management. In different phrases, all to play for.