Rishi Sunak has emerged as the clear frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest after a first cull of hopefuls whittled the field down to a final eight, writes Mattie Brignal. Sunak joined Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt, Tom Tugendhat, Kemi Badenoch, Jeremy Hunt, Suella Braverman and Nadhim Zahawi in making the cut, after each secured the backing of 20 MPs.