In the headlines
“He couldn’t, could he?” asks the Daily Express, as Boris Johnson emerged as a front-runner to replace Liz Truss. Tory MPs will whittle the candidates down to a final two on Monday, then hold an “indicative vote” to determine their favourite. If the runner-up can’t be persuaded to drop out, Tory members will get the final say, with the new PM announced next Friday. Rishi Sunak is the bookies’ favourite, and Penny Mordaunt is also likely to run. But polls suggest Johnson is the most popular among Conservative members. If he’s up against Sunak, one Tory MP tells The Spectator, it’ll be “the ultimate death match”. Faking a smile boosts your happiness as much as looking at pictures of puppies and rainbows, Stanford boffins have found. So the old advice is true, says The Times: just “grin and bear it”.