What happened in the second hustings?
Penny Mordaunt hailed Ms Truss as the “hope candidate” as she became the latest – and one of the most significant – Tory MPs to back the Foreign Secretary.
Speaking at the hustings in Exeter, the former defence secretary said deciding between Ms Truss and Mr Sunak had been “difficult” but that she had “seen enough”.
“Her graft, her authenticity, her determination, her ambition for this country, her consistency and sense of duty – she knows what she believes in, and her resolve to stand up against tyranny and fight for freedom,” Ms Mordaunt said, introducing Ms Truss.
“That’s what our country stands for and that’s why I know with her we can win.”
Meanwhile, Mr Sunak defended resigning as chancellor from Boris Johnson’s government, claiming it wasn’t “disloyal” but the “right thing to do”.
“It wouldn’t have been right for the country to have a prime minister and a chancellor who weren’t on the same page about economic policy going into the situation that we are going into,” he told Conservative members.
What happened in the first hustings?
During the first hustings event with Conservative members on July 28, Mr Sunak admitted he was the underdog in the leadership battle, but said he would fight for every vote.
He was confronted by one party member in the audience who told him many people believed he had been “treacherous” against Mr Johnson and had “stabbed him in the back”.
Mr Sunak replied that resigning was the right thing to do – and that he would be able to bring the party together.