Rishi Sunak remains in pole position for PM as he officially launches his leadership bid with a speech in central London today.

A new poll of 2019 Conservative voters by Electoral Calculus indicates that Sunak is by far the most popular candidate, backed by over 25 per cent of all respondents.

Sunak has proved to be the frontrunner among Tory MPS. He is currently well in front of the rest of the pack, with 41 declared backers. The ranks of those “Ready for Rishi,” have recently been swelled by Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, who introduced Sunak at his leadership launch, describing him as “someone that makes things happen.”

Also falling in behind Sunak is Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who withdrew from the leadership contest this morning and announced his support for Sunak.

“I’ve spoken to RishiSunak who I believe has the competence and experience to lead this country,” he wrote on Twitter. 

Penny Mordaunt’s declared backers in the parliamentary party places her in a solid second place, with 25 supporters. The Electoral Calculus’ poll puts her in fourth place. But Mordaunt does even better among Tory party members. The latest poll by ConservativeHome shows Mordaunt on top, receiving 20 per cent of the votes of the 800 Tory members surveyed. 

The only other candidate to have reached the 20 endorsements required to progress to the first round of voting is Tom Tugendhat. The chair of the foreign affairs committee also formally launched his leadership campaign this morning, as did Kemi Badenoch, who is still seven shy, with just 13 backers.

Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, placed second, according to Electoral Calculus, having received 18 per cent of the votes from those who voted for the Tories in 2019. Boris Johnson loyalists Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg announced their support for Truss today, with the latter saying “Liz is the best candidate,” and adding that she offered “proper Conservatism.”

Sajid Javid, who is the third favourite of the 2019 voters, currently only has 12 supporters, on par with Suella Braverman, and two behind Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and anti-Boris candidate Jeremy Hunt.

Gillingham MP Rehman Chishti’s offer of a “fresh start” still hasn’t got off the ground, as he remains without any support from other MPs.