Penny Mordaunt: from magician’s assistant to Tory leader favourite

The trade minister and staunch Brexiteer is winning over Conservatives in bid to succeed Boris Johnson

Penny Mordaunt
Penny Mordaunt arrives at a press conference to launch her leadership bid on Wednesday
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Political pundits are backing Penny Mordaunt as a surprise contender in the race to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party.

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