Suella Braverman says Liz Truss ‘strongest advocate for Brexit on offer’ as she explains her leadership backing

After dropping out of the contest last week, Suella Braverman opted to back Liz Truss to become the next Tory Party leader

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Suella Braverman has said that Liz Truss is the “strongest advocate for Brexit on offer” as she explains why she is backing her in the Conservative Party leadership race.

Ms Braverman was in the running to become the next Tory leader but dropped out last Thursday as the race was whittled down to five candidates.

Shortly after it was announced she had dropped out, Ms Braverman announced that she was backing Ms Truss to become the next leader.

And in an exclusive interview on GB News’ Dan Wootton Tonight, Ms Braverman explained her reasons for backing the Foreign Secretary.

Dan Wootton and Suella Braverman
Dan Wootton and Suella Braverman

Ms Braverman told Dan: “I’ve worked closely with Liz during her time as Foreign Secretary principally but also when she was international Trade Secretary and I’ve seen close up that she is very much committed to delivering on the Brexit opportunities.

“She is wholeheartedly committed and devoted to resolving the issues relating to Northern Ireland.

“And I’ve really seen that she’s a big champion for Brexit so for me her actions and what she’s done in Government and how she’s used her roles in Government have persuaded me that she’s the strongest advocate for Brexit on offer.”

Liz Truss remains in the running to become the next Tory Party leader
Liz Truss remains in the running to become the next Tory Party leader

The Tory leadership race is now down to three candidates as Kemi Badenoch dropped out of the running earlier today.

Chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady announced the results of the latest vote, leaving Rishi Sunak, Ms Truss and Penny Mordaunt as the final three names in the hat.

In the fourth round of voting in the Tory leadership contest, Ms Badenoch had 59 votes, Ms Mordaunt had 92 votes, Mr Sunak had 118 votes and Ms Truss had 86 votes.

The fifth ballot will take place on Wednesday, with the remaining two candidates facing a summer of campaigning for the support of party members in a final vote.

The new leader will be announced on September 5 and is expected to become prime minister the following day.