Four more Conservative MPs have joined the Tory leadership race, extending the field to eight.

Nadhim Zahavi, the newly appointed chancellor, Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, and former health secretaries Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid announced their bids on Saturday.

Earlier in the day Ben Wallacewho was the bookies’ favorite to succeed Mr. Johnson, announced he would not run.

Eight Tories have thrown their hat into the ring, including Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor.

After opening your application, Mr. Zahaviwho was born in Iraq and “arrived here at the age of 11 without knowing a word of English”, said he would “steady the ship and stabilize the economy”.

In a statement outlining his vision for the country, he also said that “the tax burden is simply too high.”

Meanwhile, Mr Shapps has said he wants to make the economy the biggest in Europe by 2050.

He also promised to fight against the growth of inflation, but added that in some areas the state needs to “get out of the way”.

Launching his campaign in The Sunday Times, Mr Shapps said: “We have to trust people and let them spend their money how they want.”

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Mr. Huntwho was health secretary under Theresa May, has put himself forward as the only candidate who can restore confidence as he is the only major candidate who did not work in Mr Johnson’s government.

He also promised to reduce business taxes to the lowest level in the Western world.

“By electing me,” he said, “the Conservative Party is sending a signal to those voters that we have listened to your concerns and changed.

Mr Javid’s resignation as health secretary on Tuesday set off an avalanche of departures that forced Mr Johnson out.

His leadership contenders are focused on tax cuts. Announcing his bid in The Sunday Telegraph, he said he would cut corporation tax by 1 percentage point a year to eventually reach 15%.

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Mr Javid said “the rate of tax is now almost 70 years old – and that happened under the Conservatives”.

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Mr. Sunak announced his application on Friday, promising to “restore trust, rebuild the economy and unite the country.” He resigned from the Treasury soon after Mr Javid.

He received the support of the former Tory chairman Oliver Dowden and ex-cabinet minister Liam Fox.

Tom Tugendhat, former military officer and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, became the first deputy to take part in the race on Thursday.

Former Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch has also announced she will run, revealing plans to make radical downsizing and lead a “limited government focused on the essentials”.

So far, eight conservatives have entered the leadership race
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Now, eight conservatives have joined the struggle for leadership

Suella Braverman, the attorney general, promised “quick and big tax cuts” to ease inflation when she presented her bid to the Daily Express.

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.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to join the fray in the coming days, with the Mail on Sunday reporting that she will scrap National Insurance rises, cut corporation tax and introduce measures to ease the cost of living crisis.

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt are also expected to announce bids.

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