Leeds announced as first place to host Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss leadership hustings

Leeds will host the first public hustings in the battle for leadership of the Conservative Party between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

By Tom Coates
Thursday, 21st July 2022, 7:09 am
Updated Thursday, 21st July 2022, 7:10 am

The list of candidates has been whittled down to two and former Roundhay School pupil Ms Truss will be going up against former chancellor Mr Sunak.

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July 28 has been set as the date for the first hustings, which will give both the opportunity to outline why they should be the next prime minister.

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have made it to the final two in the race for leadership of the Conservative Party. Image: Getty Images

The event will begin at 7pm, although a venue has not been listed on the official Conservative Party website.

Following the trip to Leeds, they will tour the United Kingdom with further hustings and will be putting their cases forward in Exeter, Eastbourne, Northern Ireland, Manchester and London.

Andrew Stephenson, chairman of the Conservative Party, said: “We will shortly begin a hustings programme right across the UK, giving our members the chance to put their questions to the candidates.”

The leadership battle began shortly after it was announced that Boris Johnson would be stepping down as PM.

He had come under intense scrutiny for his performance as PM and following his resignation, several Conservative MPs threw their hat in the ring to be his replacement.

Among them was Penny Mordaunt, the MP for Portsmouth North, who secured a place in the final three before being eliminated.

Kemi Badenoch, Tom Tugendhat, Suella Braverman, Nadhim Zahawi and Jeremy Hunt were also in the race to become the next leader of the Conservatives but all fell short.