Michael Gove backs Rishi Sunak in Tory leadership bid

Michael Gove has announced he will back Rishi Sunak to be the next Conservative Party leader.

The former levelling up secretary told the Times he did not think rival Liz Truss’s “prospectus was the right answer”, and added he did not expect to return to frontbench politics.

A number of Cabinet members have publicly backed Ms Truss, who is also the bookmakers’ favourite.

It comes as Mr Sunak unveils plans he said would help British motorists.

The former chancellor said he would ban new smart motorways, clamp down on rogue parking fines and review some of the neighbourhoods that have been designated as “low traffic areas” in recent years. He indicated that he planned to be a prime minister who would tackle what he called a “war on motorists”.

He pledged to introduce a transition to electric vehicles without punishing drivers, while also delivering a “rural rollout action plan” to ensure countryside communities were not left behind.

Mr Sunak is battling it out with Ms Truss to…

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