Boris Johnson faces Keir Starmer for first time since resignation 

Sir Keir Starmer said Boris Johnson is “totally deluded to the bitter end” as they clashed over Tory leadership candidates’ tax and spend pledges.  Sir Keir said he will miss the “weekly nonsense” from Mr Johnson. The Labour leader raised the resignation of Rishi Sunak last week and claimed the former chancellor had yesterday promised … Read more

Tory leadership race live updates: First leadership ballot takes place today – amid row over ‘dirty tricks’ | Politics News

Nadhim Zahawi says he will focus on ‘delivery, delivery, delivery’ – as he seems to rule out general election Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, who is among the eight candidates in the first round of voting in the Tory leadership race today, has said if he is made prime minister he will have a relentless focus on … Read more

Grant Shapps denies ‘dirty tricks’ by Rishi Sunak’s Tory leadership campaign | Conservatives

The UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has denied Rishi Sunak’s Conservative leadership campaign has engaged in “dirty tricks”. His comments came after the culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, who is supporting Liz Truss in the election, accused the former chancellor’s team of using “dark arts” to help get Jeremy Hunt into the next round because “Team … Read more

Check the latest Tory leadership odds with our live tracker

Eight candidates remained in the race on Tuesday evening after each securing the backing of at least 20 MPs. They are Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Tom Tugendhat, Penny Mordaunt, Kemi Badenoch, Nadhim Zahawi, Jeremy Hunt and Suella Braverman. Sajid Javid, the former health secretary, dropped out of the leadership race just moments before nominations closed. A second … Read more

‘Above 20C is shorts territory’: City workers use heatwave to push the boundaries | Financial sector

Summer in the City of London: as the mercury climbs you can leave your tie at home – and even brave a pair of shorts and trainers. Companies based in the capital’s financial district have for years adhered to more traditional dress codes than other employers, with many firms demanding “business casual” from their staff, … Read more

Trafalgar Square fire: Basement of pub damaged after intense blaze

S cores of firefighters tackled a blaze at a pub in Trafalgar Square in “arduous” conditions on Tuesday evening. About 70 firefighters were initially tackling the blaze at The Admiralty pub – but that number was later increased to about 125 due to “challenging and hot conditions”. London Fire Brigade said they were called to … Read more

Conservative leadership race: Eight MPs left in contest after day of high-profile casualties – and face first ballot in hours | Politics News

The first round of voting in the Conservative leadership race will take place today – and Tory MPs will be able to choose from eight contenders. Those vying to become the party’s new leader, and the next prime minister, will need to secure at least 30 votes in order to advance to the next stage. … Read more