Tory leadership LIVE: Truss betrayal as Brexiteers eye up rival candidate ahead of vote

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Conservative MPs will vote today in the third ballot to whittle the race down to four candidates, with another vote taking place tomorrow to knock another hopeful out. The Foreign Secretary hopes to gain the support of the majority of Suella Braverman’s 27 backers after Mark Francois, the Brexiteer chairman of the European Research Group (ERG), urged members to switch their allegiance to Ms Truss. But Ms Truss’s camp could find themselves in hot water with a number of Ms Braverman’s backers expected to ignore Mr Francois’s instruction. One MP told The Times: “Kemi is coming through strongly and will pick up more of Suella’s backers than expected. There are a lot of us on the right who are still very much up for grabs.” Another added: “MPs make their own choices and do not vote as a bloc.”

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