It’s just two days until the new prime minister is revealed – but Tory members say they aren’t sure if either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss are up for the job.
It’s just a few hours until voting closes in the Conservative leadership contest – bringing an end to a long and bitter summer of campaigning.
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have spent the past six weeks battling it out to persuade Tory members that they have what it takes to run the party – and the country – after Boris Johnson resigned.
The foreign secretary looks set to win the contest, though the former chancellor did receive a warm reception at the final hustings in London’s Wembley Arena on Wednesday night.
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But many members say they feel neither candidate has what it takes to deal with the unenviable in-tray of reuniting the party while getting to grips with a worsening cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine.
David Bannerman, a 62-year-old from East Anglia, said Labour’s lead over the Tories has widened since the leadership contest started – and he would have preferred Mr Johnson to stay on.
“If you look at the polls, we are in a different position now and whoever takes over has a hell of a mountain to climb, that’s the general feeling of the membership,” he said.
“On balance, most wanted to keep Boris and have no contest.”
Mr Bannerman said he was supporting Ms Truss because of her policies, accusing Mr Sunak of having “no new ideas”.
“If you are going to dispose of a prime minister, you have to have different policies, not more of the same.”