Nine Tories have announced they will enter the race to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister in an increasingly crowded field dominated by promises of tax cuts.

Minister of International Trade Penny Mordant became the latest to announce her intention to become the next Tory leader, as other candidates set out their stalls on Sunday’s political shows.

Liz Truss is expected to announce her leadership bid in the next 24 hours, according to Sky News, but she has yet to formally enter the race.

This sets the stage for a messy post-resignation contest Boris Johnsonwith accusations of hostile briefings.

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Labor has seized on the growing number of runners and riders, calling it a “chaotic catwalk”.

Speaking on Sky News’ Sophie Ridge on Sunday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he would introduce a 1p cut in income tax “now”.

“When I become prime minister, we will have an emergency budget, we will introduce it immediately,” he said.

Mr Shapps also wanted to “freeze” the proposed rise in corporation tax, telling Ridge: “It’s a tax that won’t go up.”

He said: “I believe in lower taxes, lower regulation, a bureaucracy-free economy where … the government actually lowers the barriers for people and businesses to achieve the best possible things in their lives.”

Former Conservative minister Jeremy Hunt has pledged to cut corporation tax to 15% to create a “business-friendly environment”.

“I think we should reduce them so that they are the lowest in Europe and North America.

“In this way we will create wealth that will pay for tax cuts for families and for the big institutions like the NHS that are so important to us.”

He added: “It’s not the sexiest cut, but it’s important to keep our economy moving.”

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But he rejected scrapping National Insurance rises, telling Ridge: “I really think the NHS needs the £12 billion a year we get from health and social care levies.”

Noting that he was the longest-serving cabinet minister among the candidates, he added: “It gave me the experience to know that for credibility in politics it is very important that you only promise what you can actually deliver.”

Mr Hunt also confirmed fellow Tory Esther McVeigh will be his deputy if he becomes prime minister.

Former health secretary Sajid Javid, who is also in the running as a candidate, said he “doesn’t believe in unwarranted tax cuts” and added: “In the next few days I will be putting out a scorecard that will show exactly how everything we’ve funded is sustainable manner”.

He said he believed that in the current financial situation the country could afford to scrap the increase in National Insurance and still fund the promised increases to the NHS and social care.

Conservative leadership contender and ex-military man Tom Tugendhat told Sky News: “What we really need to see now is a clean start, a return to service to make sure the government and the Conservative Party are delivering on Britain’s agenda.”

Noting that he did not support an increase in National Insurance, he said: “I have always been a low-tax Conservative. We don’t need a tax on growth, we need a growing economy.”

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Announcing her candidacy in a video message, Ms Mardaunt, MP for Portsmouth North and a naval reservist, said: “Our leadership needs to change. It has to become a little less about the leader and a lot more about the ship.”

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: “You now have a chaotic podium of contestants who have all defended Boris Johnson for the last few years, who were also part of 12 years of failed low-growth, high-spending Conservative government. live, and also run utilities.

“They all continue to defend Boris Johnson, who is staying in his job right now when, frankly, he should be gone. I think they’re all really part of that catalog of failures.”

Veteran Tory MP and former leadership challenger David Davies said: “This is probably the most unpredictable leadership election in history, but it’s also one of the most important because if we don’t get it right, we’ll lose the next election and we’ll be out for a long time without power.

“The first thing we have to do is avoid further ethical problems, if we have another integrity problem in the next six months or so, we could forget all the political issues, all the great leadership, all the great oratory, because it won’t work.” .

Other candidates vying for the top job include former chancellor Rishi Sunak, his successor Nadhim Zahavi, Attorney General Suella Braverman and ex-minister Kemi Badenach.

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