Penny Mordaunt launches campaign as battle to be UK’s next PM enters voting stage

Penny Mordaunt, the dark horse in the Conservative leadership campaign, on Wednesday launched her bid to

become prime minister with a promise to return to old Tory themes of “low tax, a small state and personal responsibility”.

As Conservative MPs began voting for the candidates to be their next leader, Mordaunt, who is hoping to appeal to all wings of the party,

invoked the memory of Margaret Thatcher, who led the Tories to three election triumphs in the late 1970s and 1980s.

The mid-ranking trade minister said her low tax, small state, strong defence platform would help restore a “sense of self” to the party.

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