‘Many people think they know me’ Penny Mordaunt bid to re-energise polls in poignant video

Penny Mordaunt's bid to re-energise polls in poignant video

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Penny Mordaunt took viewers back to her home town in Portsmouth in order to show where she came from and what it taught her about life. The Tory leadership candidate discussed her military background and memories around it. The down-to-earth video praised the NHS and showcased Ms Mordaunt’s patriotism and passion for her country. Ms Mordaunt has been coming in strong in popularity polls and is one of four candidates remaining in the race to become the next leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister.

Ms Mordaunt said: “I’ve lived in Portsmouth all my life, it’s a military city with a proud history, it’s patriotic, it’s passionate about football.

“It likes a pie and a pint, and quite frankly so do I, Portsmouth has taught me a lot, as a child I watched the Falklands task force sail from Portsmouth Harbour, it taught me that my country stands up to bullies.

“When I was 15 my mother died, from then on I looked after my family, we relied on the NHS during that time and I will never forget it.

“When we were short of money I worked in factories and pubs, I know about the cost of living and how frightening it can be, that’s why my first action as Prime Minister will be to cut the cost of fuel.

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Ms Mordaunt added: “My community has always helped me, it was natural that I wanted to help it in return.

“I joined the Conservative Party because I believed in its principles and its values, I fought as a candidate for seven years before I overturned a Labour majority.

“I’ve increased my vote share at every election since, I’ve done some amazing things in my life, I’ve had a seat at the table at the World Bank and NATO.

“I’ve been to war zones and humanitarian hot spots, I owe it all to the people of Portsmouth, and to this country as a whole, I draw my strength from the people I meet and the stories they tell.

“There are many people that think they know me, just like they think they know you, but ask yourself this, will your next Prime Minister understand the life you live?

“Will they have experienced it, will they bring that experience to Government? I have and I will.”

Tom Tugendhat eliminated from Tory leadership race

Ms Mordaunt is one of the last remaining candidates in the race that is vowing to tackle the cost of living crisis.

Ms Mordaunt had been predicted to be one of the last two candidates in the Conservative leadership contest.

Tom Tugendhat was the latest candidate to be ousted from the race for leadership, leaving Conservative MPs to vote Tuesday and Wednesday in order to decide on the final two.

But bookmakers have now set her odds to third place.

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According to Betfair Exchange – Next Conservative leader

Rishi Sunak: Evens (was 6/5 on Monday morning)

Liz Truss: 5/2

Penny Mordaunt: 7/2

Kemi Badenoch: 17/1

 

Betfair Exchange – To make the final two

Rishi Sunak: 1/50

Liz Truss: 8/13

Penny Mordaunt: 6/4

Kemi Badenoch: 11/1

 

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