Dominic Cummings has mocked hardline Conservative Brexiteers for backing “truly useless Remainer” Liz Truss after she made into the ultimate management run-off with Rishi Sunak.
The overseas secretary is now the bookies’ favorite to be Britain’s subsequent prime minister after rival Penny Mordaunt was eradicated within the closing spherical of voting by the celebration’s MPs.
The former No 10 strategist, who masterminded the Leave marketing campaign, scoffed on the European Research Group (ERG) for getting behind Ms Truss in her surge previous Ms Mordaunt.
“Totally on-brand for ERG to back a truly useless Remainer who did nothing in govt except gabble with hacks cos she’s reassuringly mad behind the eyes,” Cummings tweeted.
Boris Johnson’s former adviser turned nemisis, additionally mocked Ms Truss’ celebratory tweet after she stated: “I’m ready to hit the ground from day one.”
Cummings responded: “Sure would ‘hit the ground’ and she wouldn’t bounce much. Splat, for Tories and UK.”
The overseas secretary later deleted the tweet and changed it with the message: “I’m ready to hit the ground running from day one.”
After main the race to succeed from the beginning, Rishi Sunak held onto his first place with 137 MPs’ votes when the ultimate spherical was introduced on Wednesday afternoon.
But Ms Mordaunt, second within the 4 earlier rounds of voting, was dramatically overtaken on the final minute by Ms Truss, who took 113 votes to the commerce minister’s 105.
The overseas secretary is believed to have benefited from switching by former supporters of Kemi Badenoch after she was knocked out on Tuesday.
The former chancellor’s allies have rejected the concept that his camp “lent” or reallocated votes different candidates.
There have been claims by Mordant’s allies that votes had been lent to Truss as a result of Sunak most popular the thought of dealing with her within the run-off.
“We’ve been trying to maximise the vote for Rishi Sunak. That’s what we’ve been doing for the last 12, 13 days,” Tory MP John Glen advised the BBC.
Key Sunak backer Gavin Williamson – requested by reporters if he had helped “lend” votes to others – stated: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”