Your alternative Tory leadership guide

Penny Mordaunt, who has the second-largest number of supporters in the lead race, said she would not make any tax spending commitments during the competition as this is not the place to do it.

She struggles with criticism of her doomed transposition.

The former defense secretary has said allies of Ms Truss have denied involvement in a “black ops” campaign against her as the race to replace Boris Johnson grows bitter.

Dame Maria Miller, a supporter of Ms Mordaunt, said issues of trans rights and identity should not be part of the “political squabble”.

David Davis says if you want a proper Conservative Prime Minister, Mrs Mordaunt passes with flying colors.

funding threat

Meanwhile, Tory donor Lord Cruddas has threatened to cut off funding for the party if the contest turns into a Parliamentary coronation.

The city’s billionaire financier, who has donated more than £3.5million to the Conservatives and £1.5million to the Vote Leave campaign, told dem telegraph He is considering closing his wallet to the party for the first time since he began donating in 2010.

Here is a reminder of the rules of the contest.

Lord Cruddas, who was forced to defend the £500,000 donation to the party just three days after he entered the House of Lords last year, said he wanted Boris Johnson to remain Prime Minister.

Other big donors are also beginning to reveal what they want to win.

Alternate leadership

The first Tory leadership debate is tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 4, with further debates due to take place in the coming days.

But to say we’re among the “famous five” might be a stretch given the name and facial recognition of at least three of them.

It is Sunak, Truss, Mordaunt, Tugendhat and Badenoch. Or, since this appears to be a first-name-only competition, it’s Rishi, Liz, Penny, Tom, and Kemi.

Three women, two people of colour, a chic guy named Tom – it’s certainly a mixed crowd, but to the half-hearted observer they’re still just Tory MPs who are almost indistinguishable.

So who has the best hair or the worst habit?

As the contestants prepare to face the viewing audience, Guy Kelly provides an alternative guide to the Tory lead race. Follow today’s televised debate on our live blog.

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Around the world: A British aid worker held in captivity dies

A British aid worker arrested by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine and accused of being a mercenary has died in their custody. Paul Urey, 45, has been charged with “mercenary activities” by Moscow-backed rebels in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Meanwhile, satellite photos and on-site images show a sharp rise in burials in Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine, according to a report released today. At least 1,700 new graves were dug at Starokrymske Cemetery in Mariupol between May 12 and June 29, the non-governmental Center for Information Resilience claimed. Still, the Hungarian prime minister has warned the EU has “shot itself in the lungs” and risks destroying its own economy by maintaining sanctions against Russia over its invasion.

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