Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg have announced this morning they are backing Liz Truss in the Conservative leadership race.
It was hoped yesterday by many Conservative Party members Mr Rees-Mogg was going to throw his hat into the ring, but speaking to journalists in Downing Street this morning, the Brexit Minister said he believes Ms Truss is the “best candidate” in the contest to replace Boris Johnson.
Mr Rees-Mogg said Ms Truss’s Brexit credentials show she’s serious about Brexit and said he is also backing the Foreign Secretary for the top job because she “believes in low taxation.”
The public declaration by Culture Secretary Ms Dorries and Mr Rees-Mogg suggest the right of the parliamentary Conservative Party is now forming behind Ms Truss.
With these two big names backing her, Ms Truss could emerge as one of the candidates most likely to challenge former chancellor Rishi Sunak who is currently leading the race in terms of publicly-declared support from Conservative MPs.
Nadine Dorries has been highly critical of the former Chancellor Rishi Sunak last night speaking Dan Wootton in a GB News exclusive.
Ms Dorries opened up on whether she saw Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid “plotting against the Prime Minister”, Ms Dorries replied: “I had my suspicions.”
She added: “Not least because when some difficult decisions were taken, like when we wanted to lift restrictions from Covid, it was very difficult to get the Chancellor at meetings to commit to any policies at all.”
Commenting on the former Chancellor’s recent campaign video, she said: “Rishi had been planning his campaign, to the letter, launched it the day it was ready, and everybody else’s were kind of blindsided.
“Like, what’s going on? We’ve all been working so hard. How can he have been that campaign-ready?
“Well the answer is, he wasn’t working so hard, we all were.
“And I’m afraid we found ourselves in quite a difficult position.”
Ms Dorries also warned about Mr Sunak’s relationship with former Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings.
She said: “His support for Rishi is off the scale.
“I think it’s only because Dominic wants to be back at the heart and that should be a terrifying thought for anybody.”