Liz Truss vs Rishi Sunak news: Ballot papers delayed over GCHQ hacking warning

What have Tory leadership rivals Truss and Sunak pledged for the country?

Voting in the Conservative Party leadership race will be delayed by more than a week after GCHQ warned that hackers could meddle with members’ ballots.

The National Cyber Security Centre – the listening post of GCHQ and one of the government’s three intelligence organisations alongside MI5 and MI6 – said there are vulnerabilities in the voting system, The Telegraph reported.

Its general warning did not make specific mention of hostile countries such as China, Iran or Russia – the latter of which the US accused of interfering in its 2020 presidential contest.

But the change of plan means postal ballots will arrive at the addresses of about 160,000 Tory members as late as 11 August, after they were previously meant to be sent out from Monday.

This means that members will have less than a month to return their votes by Friday 2 September, for counting before Boris Johnson’s successor – foreign secretary Liz Truss or former chancellor Rishi Sunak – will be announced on Monday 5 September.


YouGov poll shows 60 per cent of Tory party voters intend to vote for Liz Truss

A YouGov poll show 60 per cent of Conservative party members polled between 29 July and 2 August show that they intend to vote for foreign secretary Liz Truss as the new prime minister.

In an additional poll, 40 per cent of the voters said they would prefer Boris Johnson over both Ms Truss and Rishi Sunak.


Labour MP unfairly sacked senior adviser who called him ‘first class idiot’, tribunal finds

A Labour MP unfairly dismissed his aide and ex-girlfriend after she felt “marginalised and isolated” in the months leading up to her losing her job, a tribunal has found.

Elaina Cohen accused Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood of sacking her after she raised concerns with him under whistleblowing regulations about a fellow staffer who she claimed was a “criminal abuser”.

Mr Mahmood maintained Ms Cohen was instead fired for breaking protocols of parliamentary office and sending him “derogatory” and “offensive” emails, one of which described him as a “first class idiot”, which was forwarded to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

My colleague Isobel Frodsham has more:


Truss to face GB News audience for live questions

Liz Truss has agreed to face questions from a GB News audience as she continues her campaign for the Tory leadership.

The foreign secretary has agreed to take questions live from an audience in Leigh, Greater Manchester, a so-called red wall seat.

The People’s Forum With Liz Truss will be broadcast live on GB News at 5pm on 10 August and is due to last an hour.

The channel said it has also invited Rishi Sunak, Ms Truss’s rival for the Tory leadership, to take part in a similar event on a separate night.

Ms Truss said: “I am looking forward to talking…

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