In a few hours we will know which two politicians will face the race for the number 10. A final vote of the Conservative deputies will decide this afternoon the two candidates to join the party.
Liz Truss has moved to the top spot to reach the last two in the Conservative leadership contest after closing the gap with Penny Mordaunt.
The Foreign Minister is looking to beat supporters of Kemi Badenoch, his main rival on the right of the party, who was eliminated from the race.
Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor, seems almost certain to reach the last two. In an article by The TelegraphTruss refers to possible cabinet jobs for new Conservative MPs like Ms Badenoch while promising a “government of all talents”.
The candidate who gets the least votes when the result is announced at 4 pm will be knocked out. Follow our live coverage.
Villagers flee the flames while Britain’s ‘broom box’ is lit.
They fled, grabbing what they could. Residents explained last night how they were evacuated from their homes while an entire village had caught fire amid “dry” conditions.
Dozens of homes were engulfed in flames in Wennington, Essex, as these images show. When Britain faced a “huge rise” in hell on its hottest day in history, with temperatures hovering over 40 degrees Celsius, experts said the phenomenon of pasture fires moving to villages and cities had been seen very few times before in the United Kingdom.
Steve Gibson, a specialist in forest fire operations, said the level of severity of the fire across the country was “rare, or possibly unprecedented.”
He told the environmental correspondent Olivia Rudgard that climate change meant that these conditions would happen “more and more”.
The rain eased last night, with temperatures dropping to 20 degrees today. Helen Chandler-Wilde reports of Britain’s hottest cities.