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He pays tribute to his mum and dad who are in the audience tonight who “inspired him” into public service and politics.

He thanks his parents for “sacrificing and striving to give your children a better life than you had.”

He also thanks his wife and that he is “incredibly grateful” that she chose to “drop her high heels” and take a chance on the short kid with a backpack.

He says he will stand up to “this woke nonsense” that wants to cancel “our values ​​our history.”

He says he agrees with much of what Liz Truss says.

“Liz is a fantastic secretary of state,” he says. “We should pay huge tribute to her because she is a proud and passionate conservative.”

The leadership candidates are expected to go on stage at 19.45. The husting must then end at 9 p.m.

A video for Rishi Sunak is a riff on his underdog position as he trails Truss in the competition. Tagline for the video: “Britain loves an underdog.”

Big cheers for Sunak as he takes the stage

Gove says that as Conservatives they must “help the vulnerable” and that it is being targeted in a way that matters.

Gove pointedly adds that Sunak “has always told the truth”.

He says both Truss and Sunak are “outstanding” and that either will make a great prime minister.

“We can’t let Keir Starmer get anywhere near the stream anyway,” he says.

He adds, “We need a leader who has courage and who has compassion and who has conviction and that’s the Rishi I know.”

Taking to the stage, Michael Gove has referred to his recent trip to Ibiza and added that he might be dancing “later”.

He has started by thanking “our Prime Minister Boris Johnson”.

“On behalf of all of us, Boris, thank you for your service,” he says.

Truss: “There is too much left-wing identity politics. I am very clear that a woman is a woman.”

She says she will “protect single-sex spaces as domestic violence shelters.”

She says she is “tired” of people talking down Britain.

“These people are wrong,” she adds. “I think our best days are ahead of us.”

She says Keir Starmer “doesn’t understand aspiration”.

She says of Sadiq Khan: “We have to remove him too.”

She said she would stop the “anti-growth madness”.

When it comes to crime, she says she’ll make sure the police police the streets, not Twitter.

“London is let down by Sadiq Khan” – Liz Truss

Liz Truss takes to the stage at Wembley Arena to Taylor Swift’s Change.

She says she wants Britain to have the spirit of lionesses.

She talks about her former school in Leeds and how some of the children were “let down”. She says that’s why she entered politics. She wants everyone to have “opportunity”. She says she wants Britain to be a “nation of ambition”.

She says London is the “greatest city on earth” and adds that “to level up you need a successful London”.

But she says London is being let down [London mayor] Sadiq Khan. He is, she says, “anti-everything”. She insists: “We can make London conservative again.”

A video for Liz Truss is playing.

He says, “You have to look at the character of the individual.”

He says it’s the key test and includes “strength, clarity of purpose and loyalty.”

He says that when he looks at Liz, he says he gets a feeling of “real steel in his spine”.

That steel reminds him of another person who was once prime minister, he adds.

Liz Truss introduced by Iain Duncan Smith

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has taken to the stage to introduce Liz Truss.

He says he knows what “discord” does to a party. He says that leaves a party in the “wilderness.” He has called for unity for the party after the leadership battle.

Some of the souvenirs on sale at London’s Wembley Arena ahead of tonight’s party.

Souvenir programs are on sale for £5.
Souvenir programs are on sale for £5. Photo: Neil Hall/EPA
Souvenirs sold include T-shirts.
T-shirts for the respective candidates are also available for sale.
Photo: Neil Hall/EPA

The former head of the civil service has noted concerns about how a “very small number of activists” are choosing the next prime minister, PA Media reports.

Asked whether the current system of MPs and political party members electing a new prime minister was the “right way to do it”, former Cabinet Secretary Lord O’Donnell told LBC’s News Agents podcast: “I think there is a problem with to have a very small number of activists who end up choosing who is prime minister.”

Lord O’Donnell also said front-runner Liz Truss faces a “real challenge” if she becomes the next prime minister, as she “wasn’t even the top choice of Tory MPs”.

Rishi Sunak has posed for selfies at London’s Wembley Arena ahead of the final in London today.

Rishi Sunak poses with supporters at Wembley Arena in London.
Rishi Sunak with supporters at Wembley Arena in London. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

The 12th and last Tory leadership hustings will take place tonight in London from 7pm tonight.

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will go head-to-head in a bid to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.

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