Sir Robert Buckland announced he had switched his support in the ongoing Tory leadership race from ex-Chancellor Rishi Sunak to Foreign Secretary Liz Truss yesterday. The decision comes just days after ex-Health Minister Chris Skidmore defected to the Truss camp and while some insiders warn “the floodgates could open”.
Ms Truss, who finished behind Mr Sunak among Tory MPs last month, is currently leading the ex-Chancellor in the opinion polls.
A recent survey by ConservativeHome put Ms Truss 32-points ahead of Mr Sunak among Tory Party members.
However, according to a Labour Party insider, Mr Sunak leaves Southside “more worried” electorally than the Foreign Secretary.
Writing for the Telegraph, Sir Robert revealed he now thinks Ms Truss is the “right person to take our country forward”.
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The South Swindon MP, who returned to Mr Johnson’s Cabinet following July’s cabal just 10 months after he was sacked as Justice Secretary last September, said: “I know both candidates well and have worked with them in Government and in Cabinet.
“At the outset of the contest, I wrote for The Telegraph outlining what my underlying approach to this contest would be.
“I have looked at ideas and principles first, and personalities second.
“During the parliamentary rounds, I backed Rishi Sunak as I felt that he was at that stage embodying what we needed.”
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