Mrs Mordaunt’s allies have suggested she did not reach the last two due to a “vicious personal discredit campaign” against her.
On Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary Simon Case began an investigation into leaks apparently designed to damage Ms. Mordaunt’s campaign.
So what do we think of the final two candidates?
Ruth Davidsonthe former leader of the Scottish Tories, warns that this is not the time to play, so he supports Mr Sunak.
Matt Ridley argues that Liz Truss is the unconventional conservative radical Britain needs.
He Telegraphic view is that we are facing a clash of visions of the country’s future.
Here’s a calendar of what’s happening now and see how the odds on the winner have changed.
The White House corrects the suggestion that Biden has cancer
Joe Biden erroneously referred to Glasgow as part of England and seemed to suggest that he currently has cancer, forcing a quick clarification from the White House, in the last public joke of the President of the United States. Biden caused immediate confusion when he seemed to say “That’s why I, and so many people I grew up with, have cancer” during a speech on climate change on Wednesday. Although Biden used the present tense, White House officials said the president was referring to his previous treatment for skin cancer. However, Mr. Biden’s comments were widely mocked by Republicans who have taken advantage of each of the 79-year-old man’s usual verbal errors as proof of his sickly mental acuity. This video looks at how the president’s glasses are damaging his image.
The public show of Harry and Meghan’s affection for the UN
For fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, seeing the pair hand in hand is nothing new. Since they were first photographed together in 2016, Harry and Meghan have been glued to their hand, arm, upper body, cheek and even feet, whenever they go out in public. Head to head, elbow to elbow, there seems to be no part of the body that has remained uninhibited. It’s still strong now, four years after their marriage, the point where most of us wear pajamas and discuss how to stack the dishwasher. Images of the UN in New York this week, taken just after Harry delivered his Nelson Mandela Day speech, showed them doing the same. Lucy Foster analyzes the hidden meaning behind Harry and Meghan’s public display of affection.
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ambitions of Russia | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said tougher sanctions should be imposed on Russia if there is any chance of reaching peace. In his nightly video address, Zelensky said the seventh package of EU sanctions did not go far enough. Brussels has urged Europeans to turn off the lights and turn off the air conditioning this summer amid growing fears of a “likely” cut in Russian gas supplies to the continent. It came when Sergei Lavrov, the Kremlin’s foreign minister, announced new plans to seize more Ukraine, beyond the eastern Donbas region, in an expanded war effort.
Around the world: Trumps gather for Ivana’s funeral
Ivana Trump, the 80s-style icon and ex-wife of Donald Trump, was remembered as a “pioneer” by the former president’s children at his funeral in Manhattan on Wednesday. The Trump family was joined by about 100 bad guys in the private service of St. Vincent Ferrer’s Roman Catholic Church on the city’s Upper East Side. Mr. Trump had three children, Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka, with his first wife, who died at age 73 after falling down the stairs of his New York home on July 15. Former first daughter Ivanka Trump delivered an emotional speech.