Braverman indicates she doesn’t want to see favourites Sunak and Mourdant in final two.
Ousted Tory leadership candidate Suella Braverman says the party now deserves a choice between left and right when it comes to choosing a leader.
In an exclusive interview with GB News, Ms Braverman, who dropped out of the race to become PM, was in high spirits as she suggested Rishi Sunak and Penny Mourdant were both on the left of the party.
However her comments suggest she doesn’t want to see the duo become the final two in the contest.
On her failed leadership bid she told Tom Harwood on GB News: “We ran a really clear policy platform on illegal migration, on Brexit delivery, on tax cuts and identity politics.
“And I have to say I’m just so blown away by the positive response that I got personally on my policy platform.
“I want to thank all of the MPs who voted for me for having faith in me, my team of MPs who worked incredibly hard, my staff team, the party, the 1922 Committee.
“I just feel a huge amount of gratitude and feel privileged to have just run to be Prime Minister of this country.”
Asked if she thought that members “would get a fair crack of the whip” if the final two candidates were Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt, she added:
“Well, I would describe Penny as on the left of the party and I would describe Rishi to be on the left of the party as well. So I think it would be helpful for members to have a genuine choice, someone from the left and from the right.”
It comes as Mr Sunak and Ms Mordaunt maintain their places at the front of the race.
The second round of voting saw Rishi Sunak in the lead with 101 votes, Penny Mordaunt in second on 83 – gaining more votes than any other candidate – and Ms Truss in third on 64. Mrs Badenoch received 49 votes, and Tom Tugendhat 32.
The remaining candidates will continue to face a series of votes among MPs, eliminating the last placed candidate in each round until a final two are left.
The remaining two will then face Conservative Party members at a series of hustings around the country over the summer, who will vote to select the new leader, and therefore Prime Minister.
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