UK Conservative Leadership Race: Sunak, Mordaunt and Truss Vying in Final Ballot

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    The Facts

    • The final three candidates to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, and UK PM, have been confirmed after Tom Tugendhat and Kemi Badenoch were knocked out of the race.

    • Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt and Liz Truss will face a final round of voting on Wed. to determine the last two candidates. The successful MPs are due to take part in a televised debate on Mon., and will have the summer to campaign for grassroot votes.


    The Spin

    Left narrative

    While ordinary voters are worried about how they are going to afford to get through the winter, conservative leadership hopefuls are busy talking about gender, corporation tax and the European Court of Human Rights. No wonder people think politicians, especially Tories, don't understand the lives of the British people.

    Right narrative

    Not even one of Boris Johnson's would-be heirs can match up to his charisma. The realization among conservative MPs that no one else in the party will appeal to the electorate as broadly, or deliver the same levels of success at the ballot box, has prompted a stark outbreak of assassins' remorse.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 40% chance that Rishi Sunak will win the UK Conservative Party leadership election, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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