Brexit Live: Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt backed for Prime Minister by Jacob Rees-Mogg 

Penny Mordaunt has been backed as a contender to take over as Prime Minister by a leading Brexiteer. 

Jacob Rees-Mogg gave a press conference this afternoon after announcing his intentions to submit a letter of no-confidence in the Prime Minister. 

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt in Downing Street, London. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt in Downing Street, London. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Speaking outside Parliament Mr Rees-Mogg backed Ms Mordaunt as one of his preferred candidates to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister. 

The submission of the no-confidence letter comes on the back of six minister resigning from cabinet positions over Mrs May’s EU withdrawal deal. 

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Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned this morning and so did Fareham MP Suella Braverman. 

Mr Rees-Mogg named Ms Mordaunt alongside Boris Johnson, David Davis and Esther McVey as potential replacement Conservative party leader and new Prime Minister – notably Ms Mordaunt is the only one mentioned not to have resigned from a cabinet position under Theresa May yet. 

On social media Ms Mordaunt has also been backed to run for Prime Minister. 

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