Penny Mordaunt in Salisbury on Armed Forces Day 2019 (Picture: MOD).
Penny Mordaunt in Salisbury on Armed Forces Day 2019 (Picture: MOD).
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Royal Navy reservist Penny Mordaunt running to replace Boris Johnson

Penny Mordaunt in Salisbury on Armed Forces Day 2019 (Picture: MOD).
Penny Mordaunt in Salisbury on Armed Forces Day 2019 (Picture: MOD).

Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt has announced she is standing to become the next party leader and Prime Minister.

The Portsmouth North MP and international trade minister announced her bid for the leadership on Sunday morning.

In a video promoting her candidacy, she said: "Our leadership has to change. It needs to become a little less about the leader and a lot more about the ship."

The Royal Navy reservist became the UK's first female Defence Secretary in 2019.

Ms Mordaunt lasted 85 days in the post, replaced by Ben Wallace as part of a Boris Johnson reshuffle.

Who else is running?

Other candidates who have declared they are running for the role of Conservative Party leader are former Health Secretaries Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid, Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Attorney General Suella Braverman, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, newly-appointed minister Rehman Chishti, ex-minister Kemi Badenoch, and Royal Navy reservist and senior Conservative Tom Tugendhat.