Mordaunt says running to replace Truss as UK's PM

UK cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt on Friday became the first Conservative MP to say she will run to replace Liz Truss as leader, after being "encouraged by support from colleagues".

Leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 after attending the first cabinet meeting since Liz Truss was installed as British Prime Minister a day earlier. (Photo: AP)

"I'm running to be the leader of the Conservative party and your prime minister -- to unite our country, deliver our pledges and win the next GE (general election)," she said in a tweet.