Conservative party members cast their last votes at 5pm today. In just a few days time, we will know who is set to steer the country through the worst cost-of-living crisis in living memory.
It’s been a long and tortuous five weeks of bitter campaigning between the two contenders Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. Whoever makes it to Downing Street, it seems certain that Conservative MPs and party members will take time to review how they elect future leaders. What’s been particularly galling is that the nastiest of the attacks have been blue-on-blue rather than criticism from the opposition. Sensibly, Sir Keir Starmer has been sitting quietly on the sidelines.
But we will finally discover the winner of this long summer duel at 12.30pm on Monday. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, will announce the result in front of MPs and peers at Westminster.