Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt has joined the Tory leadership race, becoming the ninth person to stand for the post.

“Our leadership needs to change. It needs to become a little less about the leader and a lot more about the ship,” she said.

She shared a glossy three-minute video on social media announcing her bet. In it, a voiceover says, “We must choose [our next leader] with solemnity and wisdom” looking back “to those who have gone before and to the generations to come.”

The video said that while the leadership contest would “focus on politics and what we do”, adding that “the focus should be on who we are”.

Among the other candidates who threw their hat in the ring Rishi Sunakformer chancellor Nadhim Zahavithe newly appointed chancellor, Grant Shapps, the transport minister and former health ministers Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid.

Tom Tugendhat, a former soldier and chairman of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, was him the first person to announce their betFormer Equality Minister Kemi Badenach and Attorney General Suella Braverman have also announced they will run.

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Other members of parliament expected to join the fray in the coming days include Priti Patel, the home secretary, and Liz Truss, the foreign secretary.

Dominic RaabThe Deputy Prime Minister famously ruled himself out of the race, as did Michael Gove’s former secretary, who was fired by Mr. Johnson on the eve of his own resignation.

deputy Ben Wallacewho was the bookies’ favorite to succeed Mr. Johnson, said he would not run.

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