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Sajid Javid backs Liz Truss in latest boost for favorite – POLITICO

Former British Conservative leadership candidate Sajid Javid has thrown his weight behind favorite Liz Truss in another boost for the favorite to replace Boris Johnson.

In a Times newspaper article, Javid – who abruptly quit Johnson’s government in a move that ultimately ended his term as prime minister – hailed the Foreign Secretary’s record in government and said that she was ‘in the best position’ to unite the party and ‘restore a sense of purpose.

“If we can renew our government with a bold programme, the Tories can still beat Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP in the next election – and the evidence suggests Liz is the best placed candidate to do so,” the former Health Secretary wrote.

Javid dropped out of the leadership race last month after failing to win the support of enough MPs to make progress as Tory lawmakers began to trim the number of candidates to the bottom two.

Truss will now go up against former Chancellor Rishi Sunak as the couple vie for the votes of the Conservative Party’s roughly 200,000 rank and file.

Whoever wins will be crowned Conservative leader and next prime minister on September 5.

Truss has emerged as the frontrunner, thanks in part to endorsements from several key Cabinet figures and Johnson allies, as well as multiple polls among Tory members that so far give him a clear lead over Sunak.

His seemingly unstoppable march suffered its first setback this week with the botched announcement – and subsequent reversal – of a ‘War on Whitehall Waste’ that would effectively slash the pay of public sector workers outside London.

However, his campaign was boosted again on Wednesday as a YouGov poll of Tory members indicated his lead had increased from late July. The pollster’s research gave the foreign secretary a 38-point lead over Sunak, up from 24 points two weeks earlier.

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