Ask any of the candidates who would be in their cabinet and they’ll insist they’re not counting their chickens, but the truth is that hunting events will be on their minds a lot.
The eventual winner’s first task will be to appoint a cabinet, meaning they can’t leave it until the first day of their prime ministership to start thinking about who they’d like around the table.
Gordon Rayner analyze who are the favorites for each candidate offered jobs.
Penny Mordaunt, who narrowly missed out on a place in the last two, should get a job either way, even after using her first appearance in the dispatch box since being eliminated to answer the critics who questioned her suitability as prime minister.
Madeline Grant outlines how the International Trade Minister went for the jugular as Tory bloodshed spills in the House.
Alzheimer’s data may have misled research for 16 years
The key theory of what causes Alzheimer’s disease may be based on “rigged” data that has misdirected dementia research for 16 years, potentially wasting billions of pounds, major research suggests. A six-month investigation by the journal Science reported “shockingly egregious” evidence of manipulation of results in a seminal research paper proposing that Alzheimer’s is triggered by a build-up of amyloid beta plaques in the brain. In a 2006 paper from the University of Minnesota, published in the journal Nature, scientists claimed to have discovered a type of amyloid beta that caused dementia when injected into young rats. It became one of the most cited scientific papers on Alzheimer’s ever published, prompting a huge jump in global funding, but has now led to allegations described as “extremely serious” by charities.
Dina Asher-Smith wins bronze in the 200m world final
The color of the medal was a downgrade from the gold three years earlier, but the world 200m bronze hanging around Dina Asher-Smith’s neck meant much the same. With one of the best sprint performances in history ahead of her, it was an achievement just to get on the podium. Former 400m runner Shericka Jackson posted a winning time of 21.45 seconds, the second fastest ever behind the late Florence Griffth-Joyner. Between her and Asher-Smith was unstoppable 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 21st world medal of her glittering career. Read the story of the incredible finish that Michael Johnson described as “the best we’ve ever seen”.
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PM at risk of humiliation | Boris Johnson faces the embarrassment of fighting an autumn by-election to save his political career if he is found to have misled the House of Commons and is banned for 10 days. A committee investigating whether the Prime Minister lied to Parliament about the deadlock-breaking parties at 10 Downing Street has been told it only needs to be shown that Mr Johnson “misled” the House, rather than that he did “deliberately”. Read on for the implications.
Around the world: Russian army exhausted, says MI6
The Russian military is almost exhausted and Ukraine will have a chance to counter the attack in the coming weeks, Britain’s spy chief has said. Richard Moore, the head of MI6, said intelligence showed Vladimir Putin’s army was “out of momentum” and suggested a successful Ukrainian counter-attack could come in time to rally European support before the winter gas crisis. This is a long-awaited agreement on a UN plan to unblock Ukrainian grain exports to be signed today in Istanbul. On the ground, residents and local councilors in the Kyiv suburb of Borodyanka are divided over whether to rebuild their communities or leave them as a memorial to the dead.