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Penny Mordaunt is among the many top contenders tipped to switch Boris Johnson when the Prime Minister ultimately steps down, as Conservatives seek a candidate capable of negotiate the pitfalls of Brexit.

Ms Mordaunt is the Government’s minister for trade policy and deputises for cabinet trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Before taking her ministerial roles, she was a passionate defender of Brexit and helped bolster the Leave campaign in 2016.

Like Mr Johnson, Ms Mordaunt courted trouble for a few of her statements supporting the UK’s departure from the bloc and was condemned for lying.

One month before the referendum vote in late May, she claimed the country wouldn’t have a say in whether Turkey could join EU ranks.

Talking to Andrew Marr, she said the UK couldn’t veto prospective members.

She claimed the British Government was “not going to be consulted”, something then Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to disclaim.

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