Penny Mordaunt looked furious as she left No10 this evening after Rishi Sunak failed to offer her a promotion. The Portsmouth MP had been tipped for a promotion in the new Prime Minister’s Cabinet.
However, she was denied a big role and instead reappointed as Leader of the House of Commons.
The position has previously been seen as a more junior role in the Government, and at times has been used as a position to punish ministers.
Ms Mordaunt was first handed the role by Liz Truss when she entered No10 before being given the job again by Mr Sunak.
Walking out of No10 tonight the MP refused to answer questions from the media.
Ms Mordaunt has twice run for the Tory leadership herself. In the summer she made it down to the final three and she had hoped to stand again against Mr Sunak.
She backed out of the most recent leadership contest on Monday paving the way for Mr Sunak to become PM unchallenged after a lack of support from her fellow MPs.
Those wishing to formally enter the contest needed the backing of 100 Conservative colleagues with just 30 having gone public in their plans to vote for Ms Mordaunt.
However, a source close to the leadership candidate said as many as 90 parliamentarians had declared their support in private, just short of the threshold.
Many in the party had called on Ms Mordaunt to pull out of the contest much earlier in order for the party to be able to unite behind one MP and move forward.
Conceding shortly before 2pm yesterday, she said: “This decision is an historic one and shows, once again, the diversity and talent of our party. Rishi has my full support.
“I am proud of the campaign we ran and grateful to all those, across all sides of our party, who gave me their backing.
“We all owe it to the country, to each other and to Rishi to unite and work together for the good of the nation. There is much work to be done.”
While Ms Mordaunt retained her job, a number of other MPs who failed to back Ms Sunak were asked from the Cabinet.
Boris Johnson loyalists who stayed close to Ms Truss, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, were among the 11 ministers who were kicked out of Government.
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