Hampshire’s Rishi Sunak takes lead in Tory leadership poll

Hampshire’s Rishi Sunak takes lead in Tory leadership poll
Hampshire’s Rishi Sunak takes lead in Tory leadership poll

RISHI Sunak appears to have taken a slim lead against her Tory managerial rival Liz Truss in Hampshire.

A poll of Tory MPs, councilors and members across Hampshire shows Mr Sunak may have had more support than his Tory counterpart.

Both are vying for the leadership of the Conservative Party – and subsequently the post of Prime Minister.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service has contacted nearly 100 Tories in Portsmouth and the rest of Hampshire, to assess the level of support for each candidate.

Of those who responded, 58.5% of members voted for Rishi Sunak.

The rest voted for Liz Truss, while a handful declined to participate or did not respond.

Both candidates visited Hampshire during their campaign.

Liz Truss, who received support from Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt after the latter was knocked out of the race, attended a members-only event at the Queen’s Hotel in Southsea last month.

Rishi Sunak, who was born in Southampton and attended Winchester College as a youth, gave a speech at the Robin Hood pub in Durley last week.

With Ms Mordaunt’s public support for Truss, many Portsmouth Tories joined her in voting in that direction.

In surrounding towns, support was more divided between Truss and Sunak, with an overall preference for the former chancellor.

Many politicians who spoke about their vote added that they would have voted for Penny Mordaunt, had she been an option in the bottom two.

An adviser described the choice between Truss and Sunak as “choosing between the lesser of two evils”.

A handful of advisers also lamented the departure of outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson – saying their preference would have been for him to remain in office.

The leader of the Tories at Gosport, Councilor Graham Burgess, described Mr Johnson as being “stabbed in the back” by his colleagues.

Polling stations closed at 5pm today, with the result announced by Sir Graham Brady – chairman of the 1922 Committee, at 12.30pm on Monday.

Whoever wins the vote is likely to become prime minister the next day, after a meeting with Her Majesty the Queen where they formally ask to form a government.

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