Liz Truss accused of ‘black-ops’ as desperate fight to stay in Tory leadership race begins

Allies brand Penny Mordaunt unfit to be prime minister and hit out at MPs who have broken pledges to vote for foreign secretary

Kate Devlin,Rob Merrick,Ashley Cowburn
Friday 15 July 2022 02:57 BST
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Liz Truss has been accused of “black-ops” in her desperate fight to stay in the Tory leadership race, as the party’s right-wing boosted her chances of being the next prime minister.

Two leading supporters of the foreign secretary branded key rival Penny Mordaunt unfit to be prime minister as the contest turned nasty and undermined her claim to be fighting a clean campaign.

The Tory infighting comes as one senior Truss supporter revealed frustration with MPs who have failed to vote for her as promised, telling The Independent: “This is the most duplicitous lying electorate you have ever come across.”

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