Rishi blasted for being blind to China threat and only realising danger late

Ms Truss is believed to be already drawing up plans for her Cabinet and Government roles, so she can take over quickly from Mr Johnson if elected. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey and another former leadership contender, Kemi Badenoch, have been associated with top roles in a new administration.

However, there is one name that remains with a question mark over it: Boris. The current Prime Minister, who resigned earlier this month, was not ruled out by Mr Cleverly for a role in a Truss Government.

Speaking on Sky News, the education minister commented: “He’s an incredibly talented politician.

“Whether he would want to serve after the bruising that he’s got at moment that might be another matter, but it’s not for me to start dictating to Liz who she puts into her Cabinet.”

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