THE two contenders to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and Prime Minister will head to the Sussex coast for a husting.
Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are set to debate each other in Eastbourne next month as they battle to win the support of Conservative Party members.
The event is one of several taking place across the country as members decide who gets their vote.
The first will be in Leeds next week, with others in Darlington, Manchester, Birmingham and London.
Perth MP Pete Wishart joked his city had issued a yellow alert over the “danger of flying debris” from the hustings planned there next month.
Eastbourne is a crucial seat that the Conservatives must hold at the next general election if they are to remain in office, with the Liberal Democrats posing a threat to the majority of MP Caroline Ansell by around 4,300 votes.
Ms Ansell had backed Penny Mordaunt to replace Boris Johnson but was eliminated by Conservative MPs in the most recent round of voting.
Several Conservative MPs across Sussex have announced their support for Rishi Sunak as the new leader of the party and the country, with no support from county MPs to date for Liz Truss.
Conservative Party members can snag a ticket to the 5 August Hustings for £5.
A new Conservative Party leader and prime minister will be announced on 5 September.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20294741.conservative-leadership-battle-head-eastbourne/?ref=rss Conservative leadership fights to travel to Eastbourne