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What follows is a list of candidates and supporters which – given the multiplicity of candidates, the obscurity of the timetable, the variety of sources and the mutability of “the most sophisticated electorate in the world” – will be frequently updated and amended.

We name below as candidates all those known to us who have either declared that they intend to stand or have suggested that they may do so, either directly or indirectly.

The date against the names of supporters record when we made the entry on this blog – not when the MP in question made a statement.

Steve Baker (declared 9/7 that he won’t stand)

Kemi Badenoch (29) (eliminated 19/7)

  • Sir Bill Wiggin (19/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Sir John Hayes (18/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Desmond Swayne (18/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Adam Afriyie (18/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Steve Double (18/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Nick Fletcher (18/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Tom Randall (13/7) (now backing Sunak)

  • Rachel Maclean (13/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Robert Courts (13/7) (not backed a new candidate)
  • Marco Longhi (12/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Sarah Dines (12/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Nigel Mills (12/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Lucy Allan (12/7) (now backing Truss ) 
  • Alex Burghart (12/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Leo Docherty (11/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Michael Gove (10/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Neil O’Brien (10/7) (not backed a new candidate) 

  • Andrew Lewer (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Gareth Bacon (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Justin Tomlinson (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Ben Bradley (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Eddie Hughes (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Lee Rowley (9/7) (not backed a new candidate)
  • Julia Lopez (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Tom Hunt (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Lee Anderson (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Caroline Johnson (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 

John Baron (abandoned bid and backed Mordaunt 12/7)

Jake Berry (declared 9/7 that he won’t stand)

Suella Braverman (14) (knocked out of the contest 14/7)

  • Greg Smith (13/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Bernard Jenkin (13/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Miriam Cates (12/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • David Jones (11/7) (now backing Truss) 

  • Danny Kruger (10/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Steve Baker (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Philip Hollobone (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Richard Drax (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • John Hayes (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Julian Lewis (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Henry Smith (8/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Robin Millar (8/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Jason McCartney (8/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Desmond Swayne (8/7) (now backing Sunak) 

Robert Buckland (did not receive sufficient nominations 12/7

Rehman Chisti (withdrew 12th)

Jeremy Hunt (14) (knocked out 13th)

  • Paul Beresford (11/17) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Jonathan Djangoly (11/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Daniel Kawczynski (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Peter Bottomley (10/7) (not backed a new candidate) 

  • Esther McVey (10/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • David Morris (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Philip Davies (9/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Oliver Heald (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Crispin Blunt (9/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Anthony Mangall (9/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Dan Poulter (9/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Steve Brine (8/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Philip Dunne (8/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Andrew Mitchell (8/7) (now backing Sunak) 

Sajid Javid (12) (withdrew 12/7)

  • Pauline Latham (12/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Virginia Crosbie (11/7) (now backing Truss)

  • Mary Robinson (11/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Jeremy Wright (10/7) (not backed a new candidate)
  • Rob Halfon (10/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Steve Double (10/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Mike Wood (10/7) (now backing Sunak)
  • Edward Argar (10/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Saqib Bhatti (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Robin Walker (9/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Chris Philp (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Rachel Maclean (9/7) (now backing Truss) 

Penny Mordaunt (50) (knocked out of the contest 20/7)

  • Damian Green (20/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Tim Loughton (20/7) (not backed a new candidate)
  • Roger Gale (20/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Natalie Elphicke (19/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Jamie Wallis (18/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Anthony Higginbottom (18/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Michelle Donelan (15/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Gordon Henderson (15/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Jack Brereton (15/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Tobias Ellwood (15/7) (not backed a new candidate)

  • Heather Wheeler (15/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Peter Aldous (15/7) (now backing Sunak)
  • Luke Evans (13/7) (not backed a new candidate)
  • Mims Davies (13/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Jerome Mayhew (13/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Mike Penning (13/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Jill Mortimer (13/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Trudy Harrison (13/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Caroline Nokes (13/7) (now backing Sunak) 

  • Alberto Costa (12/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • John Baron (12/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • John Penrose (12/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Dr James Davies (12/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Bob Stewart (12/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • David Davis (12/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Bob Seeley (11/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Kate Griffiths (11/7) (not backed a new candidate)
  • Sarah Atherton (11/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • James Sunderland (10/7) (now backing Truss) 

  • Duncan Baker (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Theo Clarke (10/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Maria Miller (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Derek Thomas (10/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • George Freeman (10/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Robbie Moore (10/7) (not backed a new candidate)
  • Caroline Ansell (10/7) (not backed a new candidate)
  • Elliot Colburn (10/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • James Gray (10/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Damian Collins (10/7) (now backing Truss) 

  • Harriet Baldwin (10/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Craig Tracey (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Alicia Kearns (9/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Charles Walker (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Kieran Mullan (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Michael Fabricant (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Caroline Dinenage (9/7) (not backed a new candidate) 
  • Nicola Richards (8/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • John Lamont (8/7).(now backing Sunak) 
  • Andrea Leadsom (8/7) (now backing Truss) 

Priti Patel (13) (declared she would not stand 12/7)

  • Shaun Bailey (11/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Christopher Chope (11/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Brendan Clarke-Smith (10/7) (now backing Truss)

  • Laurence Robertson (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Andrea Jenkyns (10/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Ian Liddell-Grainger (10/7) (not backing another candidate) 
  • Simon Baynes (10/7) (now backing Sunak)
  • Ian Levy (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Greg Smith (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Kevin Foster (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Anna Firth (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Tom Pursglove (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Scott Benton (10/7) (now backing Truss) 

Grant Shapps (withdrew and declared for Sunak 12/7)

  • Sheryll Murray (11/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Dr James Davies (10/7) (not backed a new candidate after backing Mordaunt) 
  • Graham Stuart (10/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Paul Bristow (10/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Mark Pritchard (10/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Trudy Harrison (10/7) (not backed a new candidate after backing Mordaunt)
  • George Eustice (10/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Robert Courts (8/7) (not backed a new candidate after backing Badenoch) 

Rishi Sunak (132)

  • Michael Gove (20/8)
  • David Simmonds (12/8)
  • Peter Aldous (11/8)
  • Selaine Saxby (11/8
  • Mark Logan (6/8)

  • Philip Dunne (6/8)
  • Tom Randall (5/8)
  • Luke Hall (5/8)
  • John Stevenson (4/8)
  • Edward Timpson (3/8)
  • Steve Double (3/8)
  • Paul Holmes (3/8)
  • Greg Knight (2/8)
  • Damian Green (1/8)
  • Alan Mak (1/8)

  • Paul Beresford (30/7)
  • Simon Baynes (29/7)
  • John Howell (28/7)
  • David Davis (28/7)
  • Caroline Nokes (28/7)
  • George Eustice (28/7)
  • Mark Garnier (26/7)
  • Philip Davies (26/7)
  • Alicia Kearns (26/7)
  • Matt Warman (25/7)

  • Andrew Selous (25/7)
  • James Morris (25/7)
  • Jonathan Lord (25/7)
  • Richard Fuller (25/7)
  • Stephen Hammond (25/7)
  • George Freeman (25/7)
  • Mark Pawsey (25/7)
  • John Lamont (25/7)
  • Guy Opperman (24/7)
  • Shailesh Vara (24/7)

  • Geoffrey Cox (24/7)
  • Mike Wood (24/7)
  • Bob Stewart (24/7)
  • Sir Robert Syms (23/7)
  • Dan Poulter (22/7)
  • Flick Drummond (22/7)
  • Chris Clarkson (22/7)
  • Stuart Andrew (22/7)
  • Simon Fell (22/7)
  • Richard Bacon (22/7)

  • Crispin Blunt (22/7)
  • Sally Ann-Hart (21/7)
  • Caroline Ansell (21/7)
  • Julian Sturdy (21/7)
  • Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (21/7)
  • Maggie Throup (21/7)
  • Nickie Aiken (21/7)
  • Jo Gideon (21/7)
  • Anthony Mangall (21/7)
  • Andrew Bridgen (21/7)

  • Julian Smith (21/7)
  • James Gray (21/7)
  • Victoria Atkins (20/7)
  • Desmond Swayne (20/7)
  • Jamie Wallis (20/7)
  • Rehman Chisti (20/7)
  • Marcus Jones (19/7)
  • Mark Pawsey (19/7)
  • Nick Gibb (19/7)
  • Damian Hinds (19/7)

  • Robin Walker (19/7)
  • Julie Marson (18/7)
  • David Rutley (18/7)
  • Steve Brine (18/7)
  • Andrew Mitchell (18/7)
  • Jonathan Djangoly (18/7)
  • Huw Merriman (18/7)
  • Paul Howell (15/7)
  • Rob Halfon (15/7)
  • Robert Buckland (15/7) (switched to Truss)
  • Richard Graham (15/7)

  • Richard Holden (14/7)
  • Will Quince (14/7)
  • Jeremy Hunt (13/7)
  • Nigel Huddleston (13/7)
  • Jeremy Quin (13/7)
  • Theresa Villiers (13/7)
  • Simon Baynes (13/7)
  • Alun Cairns (13/7) (switched to Truss)
  • Stephen Crabb (13/7)
  • Andrew Jones (13/7)

  • Chris Skidmore (13/7) (switched to Truss)
  • Michael Ellis (13/7)
  • Steve Barclay (13/7)
  • Mark Menzies (12/7)
  • James Wild (12/7)
  • Lucy Frazer (12/7)
  • Gillian Keegan (12/7)
  • Matt Hancock (12/7)
  • Gavin Williamson (12/7)
  • Dominic Raab (12/7)

  • Grant Shapps (12/7)
  • Victoria Prentis (11/7)
  • Alex Chalk (11/7)
  • Andrew Bowie (11/7)
  • Laura Farris (11/7)
  • Gary Streeter (11/7)
  • Greg Hands (11/7)
  • Ruth Edwards (10/7)
  • Anthony Browne (10/7)
  • Rebecca Pow (10/7)

  • Siobhan Baillie (10/7)
  • Gareth Davies (10/7)
  • Simon Hart (10/7)
  • James Cartlidge (10/7)
  • Sir Robert Goodwill (10/7)
  • Craig Williams (10/7)
  • Maria Caulfield (9/7)
  • Helen Whately (9/7)
  • Peter Gibson (9/7)
  • Fay Jones (9/7)

  • Andrew Murrison (9/7)
  • Julie Marson (9/7)
  • Bob Neill (9/7)
  • Mel Stride (9/7)
  • Louie French (9/7
  • Simon Hoare (9/7)
  • Simon Jupp (9/7)
  • Bim Afolami (9/7)
  • Paul Maynard (8/7)
  • Liam Fox (8/7)

  • Kevin Hollinrake (8/7)
  • Clare Coutinho (8/7)
  • Mark Spencer (8/7)
  • Laura Trott (8/7)
  • John Glen (8/7)
  • Angela Richardson (8/7)
  • Jacob Young (8/7)
  • Mark Harper (8/7)
  • Oliver Dowden (8/7)
  • Robert Jenrick (8/7)

Liz Truss (145)

  • Bill Wiggin (20/8)
  • Karen Bradley (19/8)
  • Amanda Milling (17/8)
  • Amanda Solloway (17/8)
  • Nick Fletcher (17/8)

  • David Duguid (16/8)
  • Katherine Fletcher (16/8)
  • Sarah Dines (16/8)
  • Craig Whittaker (16/8)
  • Saqib Bhatti (16/8)
  • Andrew Griffith (16/8)
  • Suzanne Webb (16/8)
  • Joy Morrissey (16/8)
  • Scott Mann (16/8)
  • Gareth Johnson (16/8)

  • Adam Holloway (16/8)
  • Rebecca Harris (16/8)
  • David Evennett (16/8)
  • James Duddridge (16/8)
  • David T C Davies (16/8)
  • Stuart Anderson (16/8)
  • Alun Cairns (15/8)
  • Conor Burns (13/8)
  • Heather Wheeler (12/8)
  • John Penrose (12/8)

  • Matthew Offord (12/8)
  • Keiran Mullan (12/8)
  • Maria Miller (12/8)
  • Robert Buckland (12/8)
  • Andy Carter (11/8)
  • Karen Bradley (11/8)
  • Andrew Lewer (10/8)
  • Mary Robinson (10/8)
  • Stephen McPartland (10/8)
  • Nigel Mills (10/8)

  • Mark Fletcher (10/8)
  • Dr James Davies (10/8)
  • Henry Smith (10/8)
  • Gordon Henderson (10/8)
  • Damian Collins (10/8)
  • Chris Skidmore (10/8)
  • Nicola Richards (9/8)
  • Aaron Bell (9/8)
  • Sarah Atherton (9/8)
  • Gareth Bacon (9/8)

  • Stephen Metcalfe (8/8)
  • Mike Freer (7/8)
  • Natalie Elphicke (7/8)
  • Craig Mackinlay (6/8)
  • Craig Tracey (6/8)
  • Andrea Leadsom (6/8)
  • James Sunderland (5/8)
  • John Whittingdale (5/8)
  • Caroline Johnson (5/8)
  • Tom Hunt (5/8)

  • Nus Ghani (5/8)
  • Giles Watling (4/8)
  • David Mundell (4/8)
  • Sajid Javid (4/8)
  • Virginia Crosbie (4/8)
  • Alexander Stafford (3/8)
  • Chris Green (3/8)
  • Alberto Costa (3/8)
  • Lia Nici (3/8)
  • Richard Drax (2/8)

  • Edward Leigh (2/8)
  • Bob Seely (2/8)
  • Cherilyn Mackrory (2/8)
  • Anthony Higginbottom (2/8)
  • Penny Mordaunt (1/8)
  • Felicity Buchan (1/8)
  • Jonathan Gullis (1/8)
  • Andrew Rosindell (1/8)
  • Sheryll Murray (1/8)
  • Daniel Kawczynski (1/8)

  • Nadhim Zahawi (1/8)
  • Brandon Lewis (31/7)
  • Tom Tugendhat (31/7)
  • Paul Scully (30/7)
  • Scott Benton (30/7)
  • Duncan Baker (30/7)
  • Anne Marie Morris (29/7)
  • Damien Moore (29/7)
  • Mims Davies (29/7)
  • Ben Wallace (29/7)

  • Kevin Foster (29/7)
  • Mike Penning (28/7)
  • Ian Levy (28/7)
  • Tom Pursglove (28/7)
  • Jake Berry (28/7)
  • Michelle Donelan (27/7)
  • Peter Bone (26/7)
  • Michael Fabricant (26/7)
  • Mark Eastwood (25/7)
  • John Redwood (25/7)

  • Anna Firth (25/7)
  • Jason McCartney (24/7)
  • Lee Anderson (24/7)
  • Lucy Allan (23/7)
  • Pauline Latham (23/7)
  • Rachel Maclean (23/7)
  • Sara Britcliffe (21/7)
  • Shaun Bailey (20/7)
  • Sir John Hayes (20/7)
  • Leo Docherty (20/7)

  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan (20/7)
  • Greg Smith (19/7)
  • James Grundy (19/7)
  • Chris Philp (18/7)
  • David Jones (18/7)
  • Bill Cash (18/7)
  • Graham Stuart (18/7)
  • Suella Braverman (15/7)
  • Steve Baker (15/7)
  • Tom Purseglove (14/7)

  • James Heappey (14/7)
  • Ed Argar (14/7)
  • Mark Jenkinson (14/7)
  • Chris Loder (13/7)
  • Andrea Jenkyns (13/7)
  • Laurence Robertson (13/7)
  • Iain Duncan-Smith (13/7)
  • Mark Francois (13/7)
  • Christopher Chope (12/7)
  • Brendan Clarke-Smith (12/7)

  • Paul Bristow (12/7)
  • Mark Pritchard (12/7)
  • Nadine Dorries (12/7)
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg (12/7)
  • James Cleverly (12/7)
  • Kwasi Kwarteng (11/7)
  • Vicky Ford (11/7)
  • Wendy Morton (11/7)
  • Simon Clarke (9/7)
  • Ranil Jayawardena (9/7)

  • Darren Henry (9/7)
  • Marcus Fysh (9/7)
  • Julian Knight (9/7)
  • Dean Russell (9/7)
  • Chloe Smith (9/7)
  • Rob Butler (9/7)
  • Jackie Doyle-Price (8/7)
  • Therese Coffey (8/7)
  • Dehenna Davison (8/7)
  • Alec Shelbrooke (8/7)

Tom Tugendhat (22) (eliminated 18/7)

  • Simon Fell (13/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Rehman Chisti (13/7) (now backing Sunak)

  • Dr Ben Spencer (11/7) (not backed another candidate) 
  • Jo Gideon (11/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Neil Hudson (11/7) (not backed another candidate) 
  • James Daly (11/7) (not backed another candidate) 
  • Mark Pawsey (11/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Jake Berry (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Paul Holmes (10/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Karen Bradley (10/7) (not backed another candidate) 
  • Damian Moore (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Nickie Aiken (10/7) (now backing Sunak) 

  • Anne Marie Morris (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Chris Green (10/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Mark Logan (10/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Robert Syms (8/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Aaron Bell (8/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Damian Green (8/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Stephen Hammond (8/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Robert Largan (8/7) (not backed another candidate) 
  • John Stevenson (8/7) (now backing Sunak)

Ben Wallace (declared he would not stand 9/7) 

  • David Mundell (8/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Graham Stuart (8/7) (now backing Truss) 

Bill Wiggin (canvassed colleagues for support 8/7)

Nadhim Zahawi (14) (knocked out 13th)

  • Ben Everitt (11/7) (not backed another candidate) 
  • Maggie Throup (11/7) (now backing Sunak) 
  • Paul Scully (11/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Tobias Ellwood (10/7) (not backed another candidate after backing Mordaunt) 

  • Jack Brereton (10/7) (not backed another candidate after backing Mordaunt)
  • David Johnston (9/7) (not backed another candidate) 
  • Jesse Norman (9/7) (not backed another candidate) 
  • Mark Jenkinson (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Mark Fletcher (9/7) (now backing Truss after backing Badenoch) 
  • Michelle Donelan (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Brandon Lewis (9/7) (now backing Truss)
  • Amanda Milling (9/7) (not backed another candidate) 
  • Sara Britcliffe (9/7) (now backing Truss) 
  • Jonathan Gullis (8/7) (now backing Truss) 



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