Rishi Sunak, who lost the last Conservative leadership race in a runoff against Liz Truss, has gained the most public support of Members of Parliament to replace her as Tory leader, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from public statements.
Sunak has the backing of 60 MPs, compared with 16 MPs for Penny Mordaunt. His lead, however, is slimmer against the wildcard Boris Johnson, who was ousted from the premiership in July and left office September 6. The former Prime Minister has accrued support of 32 MPs. None of the three top candidates have publicly declared they are standing.
Under rules announced on Thursday, a maximum of three Tory MPs will be able to run, as the party has set