And then there were two …

So the contest will be between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

The votes for Liz Truss and Penny Mordaunt were very close, with only 8 between them.

And now we know that the next Prime Minister is going to be chosen by 160,000+ people who worship the memory of Margaret Thatcher.

Ed Davey used his slot at Prime Minister’s Questions to demand a general election once the leadership election is over.

While Tim Farron commented on Johnson’s final remarks.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • Lorenzo Cherin 20th Jul '22 - 4:55pm

    Whatver any negative talking points, Penny Mordaunt was the most likeable and moderate personality and politician in this contest.

    With Starmer saying he would not have anything to do with Liberal Democrats after an election, we can only hope for moderation and progress, whoever is in office.

    We owe it to people, who are only in need of help, and who crave decency, regardless of their political colours.

  • To those fellow surviviors of the mid-90s LDYS. I’m here for you tonight if you need to talk about how you’re feeling…….

  • Mark Smulian 20th Jul '22 - 5:30pm

    For some fond (or possibly not) recollections of Liz Truss in her Lib Dem days see page 4 of Liberator 411 here:

    If she is invited to kiss hands with the Queen I imagine it is unlikely that she will, as she did in a 1994 Lib Dem conference debate, call for a referendum on the monarchy’s abolition after the Queen’s death.

  • George Thomas 20th Jul '22 - 7:33pm

    Rishi Sunak to watch the poor people burn or Liz Truss to watch the UK burn – it’s quite the choice.

  • Steve Comer 21st Jul '22 - 8:09am

    I saw footage of Truss at the 1994 Lib Dem Conference on TV a few weeks ago. I believe the Daily Express carried the story too, but I’m surprised it hasn’t surfaced more, and I wonder if it will now the field is down to two?
    A more serious issue maybe the Simon Case ‘leak’ enquiry about Mordaunt and what she did or didn;t do about Trans rights as a Minister. If it finds that there was breach of the Ministerial Code or Official Secrets Act that wil be really damaging for Truss.

  • David Garlick 21st Jul '22 - 10:29am

    I had a dream or possiblly a nightmare last night.
    First it was that Liz Truss was PM then it morphed to Sunak as PM, but then it got worse as the realisation dawned that whichever it was the Planet would continue on its journey to Hell in a hand cart without any real interfearence from either of them.

  • Peter Martin 21st Jul '22 - 1:15pm

    It’s been reported that there was “a late surge of support” for Liz Truss. The final figures were: Penny Mordaunt – 105 (+13) votes, Rishi Sunak – 137 votes (+19) , Liz Truss – 113 (+27) votes.

    I don’t know if I’m being ultra cynical, but supposing Rishi Sunak decided he had a better chance of beating Liz in the deciding vote than Penny. He could have suggested to a dozen or so of his closest supporters that they shift their allegiance to Liz to ensure she came second. Even if he’d come second himself it wouldn’t have made any difference providing Penny was eliminated.

    Or is Rishi so highly principled he would never do anything like that?

    The Tory voting system is seriously flawed. It’s really no way to elect a PM.

  • My experience of Conservative councillors etc is that a significant minority do NOT “worship” Thatcherism and would have preferred Mordaunt.

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