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Rishi Sunak’s fading hopes of changing into Tory chief have been dealt one more blow...

Rishi Sunak’s fading hopes of changing into Tory chief have been dealt one more blow after Tom Tugendhat introduced he was backing Liz Truss.

The previous management contender stated the international secretary has “proven what I’m in search of in a frontrunner” as he endorsed her bid to develop into prime minister.

His announcement got here simply 24 hours after defence secretary Ben Wallace stated he was additionally supporting Truss.

With Sunak already trailing his rival by more than 20 points amongst Conservative members, the heavyweight endorsements additional improve the probabilities of Truss succeeding Boris Johnson in 10 Downing Road.

Writing in The Instances, Tugendhat stated: “After listening to the arguments and seeing the battle of concepts, I’m backing Liz Truss.

“There are extra twists and turns to return on this contest, little doubt, however she’s proven what I’m in search of in a frontrunner.”

He added: “We’d like a frontrunner to unite the Conservative Celebration. It’s clear that Liz can try this. Each candidates have enormous qualities and plenty of abilities, however we’d like a frontrunner with the foreign-affairs expertise to construct alliances and maintain our nation secure.”

Tugendhat additionally backed Truss’s plans for instant tax cuts, and took a swipe at Sunak’s report as chancellor.

“Liz’s plan for the economic system is based on true Conservative ideas of low tax, a lean state and daring supply-side reform.,” he stated. “It’s not proper that now we have the best tax burden in 70 years at a time of sluggish development and rising vitality costs.”

The Tonbridge and Malling MP added: “Liz has all the time stood up for British values at residence, and overseas.

“With her on the helm, I’ve little doubt that we are going to transfer with dedication to make this nation safer and safer.”

The results of the management contest won’t be identified till September 5, however it’s going to now take an almighty upset for Sunak to win.

Within the newest in a sequence of mis-steps, he has been mocked for describing himself as his social gathering’s “most northern chancellor in 70-odd years” regardless of being from Southampton.

He additionally admitted in an interview with Andrew Neil that he had been “silly” to as soon as declare he had no working class associates.