Who's backing who in the race to be Tory leader and PM - live tracker

22 October 2022, 17:45 | Updated: 24 October 2022, 10:18

Penny Mordaunt (left) and Rishi Sunak (right) are the last candidates left
Penny Mordaunt (left) and Rishi Sunak (right) are the last candidates left. Picture: Alamy

By Adam Solomons

Rishi Sunak is leading among MPs who have declared a preference in the race, with Boris Johnson no longer in the contest. Penny Mordaunt's campaign insists she will fight on

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The ex-Chancellor also became the first - and, so far, only - Tory candidate to pass the crucial threshold of 100 MPs on his side.

Boris Johnson's team yesterday said he crossed 100 backers - but the unverified claim was labelled "hogwash" by Sunak supporters.

Johnson sensationally pulled out of the race just after 9pm on Sunday, prompting supporter Nadine Dorries to call for a general election.

Penny Mordaunt, meanwhile, is trailing. She became the first Conservative MP to launch a leadership bid on Friday night.

Johnson reportedly met Sunak for three hours on Saturday and spoke with Mordaunt today, asking her to drop out of the race.

She is said to have refused - and advised him to do the same.

Former home secretary Suella Braverman has endorsed Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership race.

She will be seen as another valuable backer for the ex-chancellor from the Tory right.

"I have backed Boris from the start," she wrote in the Telegraph.

"But we are in dire straits now. We need unity, stability and efficiency. Rishi is the only candidate that fits the bill and I am proud to support him."

Any candidate who does not have 100 MPs on their side by Monday will be booted out of the contest. Those remaining will be voted on by the Conservative party's 160,000 members.

Rishi Sunak formally launched his candidacy on Sunday morning
Rishi Sunak formally launched his candidacy on Sunday morning. Picture: PA
Penny Mordaunt became the first MP to launch her leadership bid on Friday
Penny Mordaunt became the first MP to launch her leadership bid on Friday. Picture: Alamy

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But if only Sunak reaches the crucial 100, he will be crowned Tory leader and prime minister.

Here are the public backers of each camp so far, in order of when they announced their preference, as tracked by party blog ConservativeHome.

Rishi Sunak (166)

  • Michael Gove
  • Priti Patel
  • John Whittingdale
  • Scott Mann
  • Robert Courts
  • James Cleverly
  • Crispin Blunt
  • Julie Marson
  • Richard Holden
  • Angela Richardson
  • Steve Double
  • Kevin Hollinrake
  • Jo Gideon
  • Paul Maynard
  • John Glen
  • Andrew Bowie
  • Anthony Mangnall
  • Simon Hart
  • Craig Williams
  • John Stevenson
  • Gary Streeter
  • Andrew Murrison
  • Dominic Raab
  • James Cartlidge
  • Simon Jupp
  • Bim Afolami
  • Nick Gibb
  • Fay Jones
  • Alex Chalk
  • Laura Trott
  • Maggie Throup
  • Simon Hoare
  • Edward Timpson
  • Laura Farris
  • Huw Merriman
  • Robert Goodwill
  • Simon Fell
  • Helen Whately
  • James Morris
  • Victoria Prentis
  • Jonathan Djangoly
  • Richard Graham
  • Anthony Browne
  • Mel Stride
  • Gareth Davies
  • Siobhan Baillie
  • Robin Walker
  • Robert Jenrick
  • Damian Hinds
  • Rehman Chishti
  • Guy Opperman
  • Claire Coutinho
  • James Gray
  • Steve Brine
  • David TC Davies
  • Ruth Edwards
  • Robert Syms
  • Bob Neill
  • Simon Baynes
  • Liam Fox
  • Gavin Williamson
  • Mark Harper
  • Rob Halfon
  • George Eustice
  • Mike Wood
  • Stephen Hammond
  • Andrew Jones
  • John Baron
  • Greg Clark
  • Julian Sturdy
  • Nigel Mills
  • James Daly
  • Philip Davies
  • Philip Dunne
  • Iain Stewart
  • Julian Smith
  • Mark Logan
  • Johnny Mercer
  • Duncan Baker
  • Rebecca Pow
  • Jeremy Quin
  • Gillian Keegan
  • Andrew Percy
  • Alex Chalk
  • Mark Garnier
  • Andrew Bridgen
  • David Rutley
  • Andrew Mitchell
  • Chris Philp
  • Sajid Javid
  • James Wild
  • Lucy Frazer
  • Jonathan Lord
  • Richard Bacon
  • Mark Menzies
  • John Howell
  • Miriam Cates
  • Matt Hancock
  • Oliver Dowden
  • Jamie Wallis
  • Tom Tugendhat
  • Tobias Ellwood
  • Martin Vickers
  • Caroline Nokes
  • Selaine Saxby
  • Paul Howell
  • Robert Largan
  • David Mundell
  • David Simmonds
  • Sir Peter Bottomley
  • Aaron Bell
  • Helen Grant
  • Steve Barclay
  • David Johnston
  • Desmond Swayne
  • Sally-Ann Hart
  • Michael Tomlinson
  • Oliver Heald
  • Andrew Selous
  • Greg Hands
  • Graham Stuart
  • David Davis
  • Kemi Badenoch
  • Tom Hunt
  • Alun Cairns
  • Tim Loughton
  • Paul Holmes
  • Greg Knight
  • Daniel Poulter
  • Justin Tomlinson
  • Andrew Lewer
  • Chris Loder
  • Steve Baker
  • Jesse Norman
  • Geoffrey Cox
  • Theresa Villiers
  • Grant Shapps
  • Gagan Mohindra
  • Mark Pawsey
  • Chloe Smith
  • Peter Gibson
  • Stuart Andrew
  • Matt Vickers
  • Mike Freer
  • Will Quince
  • Michelle Donelan
  • Neil O'Brien
  • Suella Braverman
  • Nus Ghani
  • Michelle Donelan
  • James Heappey
  • Jeremy Hunt
  • Nadhim Zahawi
  • Kevin Foster
  • Jerome Mayhew
  • Felicity Buchan
  • Chris Clarkson
  • David Morris
  • Anna Firth
  • Ed Argar
  • Shailesh Vara
  • Jeremy Hunt
  • Jonathan Gullis

Penny Mordaunt (26)

  • Derek Thomas
  • Bob Seely
  • John Lamont
  • Damien Collins
  • Maria Miller
  • Andrea Leadsom
  • Kieran Mullan
  • Robbie Moore
  • Craig Tracey
  • Nicola Richards
  • John Penrose
  • Heather Wheeler
  • Elliot Colburn
  • James Davies
  • Harriet Baldwin
  • Caroline Dinenage
  • Caroline Ansell
  • George Freeman
  • Marcus Fysh
  • Mary Robinson
  • Roger Gale
  • Neil Hudson
  • Tracey Crouch
  • Damien Green
  • Luke Evans
  • Michael Fabricant

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