Candidates for the election open and close today, with candidates requiring the support of 20 fellow MPs to gain access to the polls, an obstacle that some of the 11 hoping to run may struggle to overcome and can be seen forced to go out tomorrow night.
Future leaders will need to explain what actions they would take on tax cuts, the net zero agenda and trans issues if they went to number 10.
Political correspondent Nick Gutteridge explains where each candidate who has so far stated his intention to run on the key issues set to dominate the battle to replace Boris Johnson stands.
Tim Stanley reviews his campaign videos, including one he believes appears to have been filmed by the deputy’s mother. Some conservatives are undecided on whether they will stay, including Priti Patel who, at the time of writing, was still hesitant to bid.
‘Mo Farah is not my name. I was trafficked “
Sir Mo Farah has told his life countless times: how he came to the UK when he was a child with his mother and siblings, to live with a father who was already here. However, that account was false.
The truth, according to the Olympic champion, is that he was trafficked to this country when he was nine years old by a stranger who, according to him, forced him into domestic servitude.
The name “Mohamed Farah” was stolen from another child and used to create a fake passport.
Anita Singh tells the startling story, which is the subject of a BBC One documentary.
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First-class distant encounters | NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured the deepest, sharpest infrared image of the distant universe so far. Known as Webb’s first deep field, this image from the SMacs 0723 galaxy cluster includes thousands of galaxies, including the weakest objects ever observed in the infrared. Look at the image from the telescope that is designed to look back so far that scientists can see the dawn of the universe, about 13.7 billion years ago.
Around the world: protest inside the Sri Lankan palace
Three days after hundreds of protesters climbed the walls of Sri Lanka’s presidential palace in Colombo, its doors have opened to thousands more people than have since settled in the colonial building. Now de facto rulers are trying to impose order on squatters who exercise in the gym, swim in the pool and spend the summer in the presidential bed. Qadijah Irshad visits while the party is in full swing.